D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose is several short historical accounts of women spies, tied into a single narrative. Ms. Rose is an author and journalist whose work appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Saturday Evening Post, among others.
- 400 pages
- Publisher: Crown
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 045149508X
This book sounded very interesting to me as I enjoy the many narratives and stories World War II has produced. D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II by Sarah Rose tells of these stories, focusing on women who spied for the Allies.
The book follows three women as they were recruited as spies and sent behind enemy lines, and unheard of act back then. They had to be tough, smart, have a good head on their shoulders, and thing quick on their feet.
To be fair, I knew most of what is written in this book from other books I’ve read. This is the first book though, that I’ve read, that tried to fit them all into a single narrative. I do commend the effort, but the author jumped around in time in places which, to me, seem out of order.
Ms. Rose took three women, each of them deserves her own book (At least one of them does, Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy by Larry Loftis ) and tried to narrow three lifetimes into 400 pages. This had the effect of creating a wonderful introduction to the subject, but I do suggest that those who liked this book go out and find more comprehensive biographies.
This book does provide an effective springboard to learn about these amazing women.
Zohar — Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
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