Hall of Mirrors: Virginia Hall: America's Greatest Spy of WWII

Hall of Mirrors: Virginia Hall: America's Greatest Spy of WWII

by Craig Gralley


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In World War II France, she went by the name of Marie. Or Brigitte. Or any of a half dozen other names. Some saw her as a middle-aged newspaper reporter. To others, she was a doddering old woman. To the Nazis, she was an elusive enemy, “The Lady Who Limps.” Her real name was Virginia Hall. She had a wooden leg. And she was a spy. As the Allies’ first agent to live behind the lines in Vichy France, she organized resistance groups, helped conduct sabotage operations, and reported secret intelligence back to the Allies. She was one of the first women agents in the CIA and was the only civilian woman of the war to receive the Distinguished Service Cross. This is the story of Virginia Hall and her immense personal courage and determination, and how she broke through the barriers of physical limitation and gender discrimination to become America’s greatest spy of World War II.

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ISBN-13: 9781733541503
Publisher: Chrysalis Books, LLC
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

CRAIG GRALLEY, a former senior officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, was chief speechwriter for three CIA directors. Through research and travel, he's become the organization's authority on Virginia Hall.

Craig attended Allegheny College in Meadville PA, and holds graduate degrees from Georgetown University (Government) and Johns Hopkins University (Writing).

Though his passion is the written word, Craig also enjoys long-distance run- ning and adventure travel with his wife, Janet. Their son, Will, is a professional DJ in the Washington, DC area.

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