xvii, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-223) and index.
Virginia Hall's war --The fighting blade --Student of Europe --State Department years --The gathering storm --Wartime London: wearing life like a loose garment --The new recruit --Virginia's intelligence circle --Wartime France through a spy's eyes --Taking care of British agents --Abbé Alesch: friend or foe? --The river is rising: Virginia's final days in Lyon --Virginia's escape --On the sidelines in Spain --The OSS : America's wartime spy service --The great adventure: Virginia's return to France --Setting up shop --Virginia transfers to the OSS --Supporting D-Day and operations in the Haute-Loire --Virginia goes her own way --Rafael and Hemon fall from the sky --Hoping for a final mission --The Austria mission --A final accounting --The true story of Abbé Alesch --Recognition --Cold warrior at the CIA --A new beginning --Retirement.
"When Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, Virginia Hall was traveling in Europe. Which was dangerous enough, but as fighting erupted across the continent, instead of returning home, she headed to France. In a country divided between freedom and fascism, Virginia was determined to do her part for the Allies. An ordinary woman from Baltimore, Maryland, she dove into the action, first joining a French ambulance unit and later becoming an undercover agent for both the British Special Operations Executive and the US Office of Strategic Services. Working as a spy in the intelligence network, she made her way to Vichy, coordinating Resistance movements, assisting in the sabotage of Nazis, and rescuing downed Allied soldiers. She passed in plain sight of the enemy, and soon found herself being hunted by the Gestapo. But Virginia cleverly evaded discovery and death, often through bold feats and daring escapes. Her covert operations, efforts with the Resistance, and risky work as a wireless telegraph operator greatly contributed to the Allies' eventual win"-- Provided by publisher.
Ages 12 and up.