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

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

by William Stevenson


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

  • Ideal for fans of Nancy Wake, Virginia Hall, The Last Goodnight by Howard Blum, The Woman Who Smashed Codes, The Wolves at the Door by Judith Pearson, and similar works
  • Shares the story of Vera Atkins, legendary spy and holder of the Legion of Honor
  • Written by William Stevenson, the only person who she trusted to write her biography

She was stunning. She was ruthless. She was brilliant and had a will of iron. Originally born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she became Vera Atkins. William Stevenson, the spymaster who would later be known as “Intrepid”, recruited her when she was 23. Vera spent most of the 1930s running too many dangerous espionage missions to count. When war was declared in 1939, her many skills made her one of the leaders of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She trained and recruited hundreds of agents, including dozens of women. Their job was to seamlessly penetrate deep behind the enemy lines.

As General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, the fantastic exploits and extraordinary courage of the SOE agents and the French Resistance fighters “shortened the war by many months.”They are celebrated, as they should be. But Vera Atkins’s central role has been hidden until after she died; William Stevenson promised to wait and publish her story posthumously. Now, Vera Atkins can be celebrated and known for the hero she was: the woman whose beauty, intelligence, and unwavering dedication proved key in turning the tide of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611452310
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 299,778
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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Spymistress 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
AXLP More than 1 year ago
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.
AzGolf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 9 months ago
She was where she c was needed l
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shines a small light on the backkside of war; egos, pay backs, jealousy.
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Poorly written. Very sad for such an exciting subject. I gave up by page 82.
dgvt More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
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!