Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

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She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited by William Stevenson—the spymaster who would later come to be known as “Intrepid”—when she was only twenty-three, Vera spent much of the 1930s running countless perilous espionage missions. When war was declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and knowledge of several ...

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Spymistress: The True Story of the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

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Overview

She was beautiful. She was ruthless. She had a steel trap for a mind and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited by William Stevenson—the spymaster who would later come to be known as “Intrepid”—when she was only twenty-three, Vera spent much of the 1930s running countless perilous espionage missions. When war was declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt manner, personal courage, and knowledge of several languages quickly propelled her to the leadership echelon of the highly secretive Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She recruited and trained several hundred agents, including dozens of women, whose objectives were to penetrate deep behind enemy lines.

The stirring exploits and the exemplary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters—who in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower together “shortened the war by many months”—are justly celebrated. But the central role of Vera Atkins has until now been cloaked in silence. William Stevenson was the only person she trusted to record her life; he kept his promise that he would not publish her story until after her death. Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty, and unflagging dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.

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Editorial Reviews

Salon.com
“Every bit as fascinating and shot through with ambiguity as a spy novel.”
Ian Fleming
“In the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss.”
Atlantic Monthly
“More intricate and exciting than the world of James Bond.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611452310
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 248,857
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William Stevenson was trained in aerial espionage as a British naval fighter pilot during World War II. A respected historian and expert on covert warfare, he is the author of sixteen books, including Intrepid’s Last Case, Kiss the Boys Goodbye, and Ninety Minutes at Entebbe. He lives in Toronto.
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  • Posted February 10, 2012

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    Very Disappointed

    I bought the nook book because I'm very interested in WW II espionage and i really wanted to read this book. This is an awesome story poorly told. In fact this book is so poorly written, I'm really amazed that it got published. The author has a very scattered and disconnected style of writing. He'll be on one subject and switch to something else randomly and sometimes in the same paragraph. Very annoying and if I it wasn't for my high area of interest, I would never have bothered to finish the book. I know it's not fair, but I wish Alan Furst would have written it. Anyway, sadly I cannot recommend this book even though it is about a remarkable woman and a historic effort. Too bad... maybe someone will make a great movie out of it... good luck.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

    I have just finished Spymistress; Vera Atkins who essentially ra

    I have just finished Spymistress; Vera Atkins who essentially ran the SOE in England. It is well written but It is a
    read you have to really concentrate but extremely well worth it.
    She was an incredible person, and accomplished so much towards the war effort.Of course being a woman
     during WWII she never received the credit she deserved- main reason was politics- it would have upset too
    many of the men in high ranking positions. It really brought it home to me recently when you see the people
    who make the honor roll today - especially people like Joan Collins, who is to be made a Dame!!! Besides that
     the book is a real eye opener as to how much the resistance did during the war; and how many were women
    & men who she recruited just off the streets, and trained then managed their activities throughout the war.
    She also parachuted into the war zone herself to organize & manage really difficult situations and to arrange
     downed pilots getting out. Chuck Yeager was among them. 

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Boring

    There aren't too many books that I don't finish, but this was one of them. Another reviewer described not being able to follow the story, and I have to agree. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the author's writing. I was disapponted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    cissy the cistern cat

    The writing needed some passion and storytelling. It was presented as facts without the human touch. I lost interest around page 50. Sad because it had potential

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2014

    Great book on heroism lead by a very strong lady

    A very informative book regarding the unknown facts of how so many brave young people had a part in the World War Two efforts. The interesting fact to me was how so many people that were a part of the resolution of the war, than went on to still serve their own countries, post war.

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  • Posted July 2, 2014

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    True story

    OK, I haven't read it yet but my sister (a WW2 buff) read it and said it was EXCELLENT! She told me I needed to read it. Hope this helps!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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