Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS

by Elizabeth P. McIntosh
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Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS by Elizabeth P. McIntosh

The daring missions of America's World War II intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), are the stuff of legend, yet the contributions made by the 4,000 women—including Julia Child and Marlene Dietrich—who served in the OSS are largely unheralded. To tell their fascinating stories, McIntosh, a veteran of sensitive OSS and CIA operations, draws on her own experiences and on interviews with more than 100 OSS women who served all over the world. Captured in rich detail are the riveting tales of clandestine spies, saboteurs, cryptographers, cartographers, analysts, and experts in propaganda, recruiting, and communications, along with the less visible but no less important drivers and secretaries. The book was first published in 1998 to great reviews.

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ISBN-13: 9781591145141
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 03/28/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 377,743
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.90(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth P. McIntosh was a war correspondent under Adm. Chester Nimitz when she joined the OSS in 1943, conducting morale operations against the Japanese in Burma and China. She worked for the CIA after the war.

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Arthur Schlesinger

McIntosh does justice to the brave and resourceful women who served the nation so well in the Office of Strategic Services during the tense days of the Second World War.

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In this book Elizabeth McIntosh does an incredible job at gathering the sercrets of the women in the OSS during World War II. I really enjoyed reading about these women and the adventures they had on their missions. Missions from Cynthia's mission of obtaining French Navel codes from the Vichy French Embassy in Washington to Elizabeth McIntosh's mission of black mailing Japan to Gertrude Legendre getting captured and interrogated by the Germans. This book is a great opportunity to learn the women's roles in the OSS and the achievement and awards these women received.