Madame Fourcade's Secret War
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All things World War II... here is another great read that kept me in suspense and agonizing frequently all while teaching me even more about a period and place I love, have read tons about, and feel pretty conversant in! This is the book choice for the Music Hall Book Group which will meet Monday evening: Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's largest Spy Network Against Hitler by Lynne Olson. Once again, a person whose life was risked over many years but was afterwards largely forgotten in the tomes written about those war years is given the spotlight and thus long overdue gratitude. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade did indeed oversee the largest spy Network, dubbed Alliance, and managed to survive (wits, much luck, escapes that I cannot even dream of, and dedication). She worked with MI6 in Britain and continued to organize and run a nation-wide network even after sectors were decimated frequently by Gestapo arrests. She had to endure the loss of so many people dear to her, but each of whom felt life under occupation was not tenable and took the risk of not surviving the war. I am amazed at how much was accomplished and learned even more about how such espionage took place. Oh, and in the midst of all this, she had a baby...I'll just let that stand for a minute in your minds. I was initially worried that I wouldn't be able to finish this book in time for discussion, but I was entranced after the first few chapters and could barely stand to put it down and do other things. Well written, superbly researched and documented and inspiring.
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When Pigs Fly Company Store And Pizzeria in Kittery, Maine USA on Wednesday, May 05, 2021
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