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Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's… (edição 2019)

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"The little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II ... In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization--the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group's name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah's Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, 'even a lion would hesitate to bite.' No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence--including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day--as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape--once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell--and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her. Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself."--Dust jacket. In 1941 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization. Her group's name was Alliance, and used the names of animals as their aliases. Fourcade was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents. Captured twice by the Nazis, she escaped and continued to hold her network together. Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself. -- adapted from jacket.… (mais)
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Título:Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler
Autores:Lynne Olson (Autor)
Informação:Random House (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 464 pages
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5 Brilliant stars and if I could add 5 more I would!

Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was the brains, the spirit and soul of one of the largest French Resistance networks in France during WWII. No other Resistance group aided the Allied intelligence with constant reports of German movements, on land and on sea. No other group lasted through-out the entire war. The network, known as Alliance, encompassed all of France and Fourcade commanded over 3000 agents. They were Aristocrats Farmers, Secretaries, French Military. A large group of them only in their early 20's. It stunned me how young some of them were.

Now that I have put a picture of her in your mind-wipe it away. because I am sure you are not picturing a 31 year old beautiful petite Paris socialite, mother of 2 small children.

In 1936, Marie-Madeleine attended a cocktail party at her sisters. There she flirted and talked with a group of men. Her beauty drew them in, but her intelligence captured them. A discussion on Hitler's invasion led to Marie-Madeleine's induction into the Resistance. When her boss was captured in 1941, Marie took the reins and charged head-first into the fight to free France.

This was an amazing story. It reads like an espionage thriller. The cast of characters is large and would have become confusing, but the author provides an index of all the main players. Author Lynne Olson brings these brave men and woman to life, and leaves no story untold. By the time you reach the prologue, you know pretty much who survived. Unfortunately the losses were great.


This is a history, romance, WWII, espionage, feminist story. If any of those genre's appeal to you I can pretty much guarantee you will be as engrossed in this tale as I was. It will definitely make my top ten list.
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
This is the story of a little known French woman who led the largest anti German spy group in occupied France during World War 2. They were known as the Alliance and were responsible for supplying detailed maps of German fortifications and logistical data essential to the D-Day invasion. They also tipped off the Allies about the German rocket program and where to strike to damage it severely. There was tremendous risk involved and many including Madame Fourcade's closest friends would die or were captured at some point. A well researched harrowing tale of bravery. ( )
  muddyboy | Mar 1, 2021 |
This is the biography of a fascinating woman, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who under the code name Hérisson (Hedgehog) ran Alliance, the largest and most successful intelligence gathering network in France during the Second World War. Not only was she the only female spy-master in Europe between 1941 and 1945, she managed to escape the Gestapo, smuggle herself across the French-Spanish border in a mailbag, help secure information vital to the D-Day landings—and did all this while managing the pain from a disability, falling in love, and giving birth to a child in 1943. There are times when I wished for a little more insight into Fourcade, and some of the digressions into the experiences of other members of her Resistance cell could have been trimmed down a little. Still, Lynn Olson weaves a gripping yarn here, and one which absolutely deserves to be the basis of a mini-series or movie. ( )
  siriaeve | Aug 19, 2020 |
This is such a fascinating story and I really loved the way it's told. It reads like a spy story, with plenty of suspense, intrigue, and people who die along the way. If you liked Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein, I highly recommend this as it deals with so many of the real parts of that book. From the moon squadron to wireless operators on the move to female spies and capture by the Gestapo, it was fascinating to read a true history and compare it to that fictional story. I listened to the audio, and I'd like to look at the physical book to see if there are photos or maps as well. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Not as well written as the author's "Citizens of London". Interesting story of the French Resistance, however. ( )
  annbury | Aug 2, 2020 |
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"The little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II ... In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization--the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group's name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah's Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, 'even a lion would hesitate to bite.' No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence--including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day--as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade's own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape--once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell--and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her. Now, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself."--Dust jacket. In 1941 Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, lifelong rebel against her country's conservative, patriarchal society, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization. Her group's name was Alliance, and used the names of animals as their aliases. Fourcade was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents. Captured twice by the Nazis, she escaped and continued to hold her network together. Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, her fellow citizens, and herself. -- adapted from jacket.

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