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The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy [NOOK Book]

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"Judith Pearson does a remarkable job of bringing one of America's greatest spies back to life. I highly recommend this story of derring-do and white knuckles suspense." —Patrick O'Donnell, Combat Historian and Author of Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

The remarkable story of one of WWII’s greatest spies.

Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots in 1931 to follow...
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Overview

"Judith Pearson does a remarkable job of bringing one of America's greatest spies back to life. I highly recommend this story of derring-do and white knuckles suspense." —Patrick O'Donnell, Combat Historian and Author of Operatives, Spies, and Saboteurs

The remarkable story of one of WWII’s greatest spies.

Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer.

After watching Hitler roll over Poland and France, she enlisted to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to occupied France where, if captured, imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Gestapo was all but assured. Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. And she did it all on one leg: Virginia Hall had lost her left leg before the war in a hunting accident.

Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France, offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942, Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: a hike on foot through the frozen Pyrénées Mountains into neutral Spain. Upon her return to England, the American espionage organization, the Office of Special Services, recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others. Sabotaging communications and transportation links and directing resistance activities, her work helped change the course of the war. This is the true story of Virginia Hall.

"Riveting..." —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149183005
  • Publisher: Diversion Books
  • Publication date: 5/26/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,789
  • File size: 9 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2014

    If you like spy stories don't miss this one

    This is the most compelling spy story I've ever read, I couldn't put it down.. where do we get such people? How can anyone with two legs achieve all that she did? A movie should be made telling the story of this American hero. TW

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Incredible story of one of the best female spies in history

    I've read quite a few books based on real spies but this one is by far the most compelling. It's incredible to read everything Virginia Hall did to create a resistance against the Nazis during World War II, but even more incredible is that her story is relatively unknown. I'm glad to know her story and have learned a lot of history along the way of reading this book. I couldn't recommend it anymore highly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    little-known story of American woman's exploits as spy in Nazi-occupied France

    Virginia Hall was a Baltimore-born American Foreign Service officer in Lyon, France, when Hitler invaded in 1940. She quickly made the decision to use her familiarity with the region and contacts she had made as an espionage agent for the Allied forces. She worked effectively in coordinating and directing sabotage, assassinations, and other activities until the Nazis took over the southern part of France which they had allowed to remain nominally indepedent under Petain. After fleeing Lyon to Spain, Hall was brought to London by the British and American intelligence services she had been working with. They had come to prize her abilities in operating undetected, working with the French Resistanance, and causing damage to the German war machine in France. Recognizing that she would be a valuable agent working in France in the time leading up to D-Day, she was sent back into France. After the War, Hall received high awards for her incomparable espionage work from the British and American governments. Pearson--author of other works on personal stories from World War II--tells Hall's daring story in a quick-paced style occasionally going into historical background. An engaging commemoration for this little-known, but major World War II Allied spy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2011

    If you like history and spies, The Wolves at the Door is super.

    Virginia Hall, overcomes feminist discrimination and a physical handicap to be the best female spy in history. Hall is a heroine of WWII and Nazi occupied Europe. The Wolves at the door is now my favorite spy book. I love history, spies and the underdog who fights and beats all the odds to overcome personal difficulties, so this book was a super read for me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2014

    Amazing what she did - a must read

    This woman was unbelievably brave. I couldn't put it down. She should have had much more recognition.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Very interesting book

    Great insight to some of the critical intelligence and resistance operations in the European theater. The story of Virginia Hall was eye opening and a story of exceptional determination and heroism.

    Virginia Hall was a unique woman who overcame personal and professional obstacles, worked tirelessly to achieve success, and was devoted to her missions with no concern for personal accolades.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    This was a extremely good book.  The detail of Virginia Halls li

    This was a extremely good book.  The detail of Virginia Halls life before her accident and after was excellent.  It is a story that you do not want to put down.  I feel that she was unjustly treated by her superiors in wanting to advance  with the Diplomatic carrer, but sidelined.  Her determination, courage and talent showed that she could do anything she wanted.  
     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Recommended for history buffs

    Learn about a little known American spy in France during WWII.
    A fascinating true story of a woman with great leadership ability which helped bring down the Germans.

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