10 Fantastic Nonfiction Reads: True Stories Featuring Women Spies
Posted on March 14, 2019
by April S
What’s it really like to be a spy? Most of us are familiar with the fictionalized versions of spy stories, but how much of it is based on reality? When you’re talking about code breaking, deep cover ops, espionage, intrigue, dangerous situations and risking your life on a daily basis … the stories are bound to be interesting to say the least.Did you know Josephine Baker was a spy for the French Resistance during World War II? Her fame provided her with unique opportunities and the perfect cover story. During parties she was able to gather sensitive information with the help of Jacques Abtey (a secret agent masquerading as Baker’s assistant) who recorded details onto Baker’s sheet music using invisible ink. How cloak and dagger is that?
During Women’s History Month and beyond, let’s explore the amazing lives of women, their impact and lasting legacies. Below, you’ll find a selection of inspiring true stories about women who just happened to work as spies.
Recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from World War II to the Cold War and beyond through the eyes of one of its outstanding and most unusual operatives.
Documents the story of the first British female special agent in World War II, discussing her mixed heritage, daring missions in numerous countries, significant intelligence contributions, and subsequent murder by an obsessed colleague.
A portrait of world War II British spy Vera Atkins describes her recruitment at the age of twenty-five by a legendary spymaster, her work within Winston Churchill’s covert intelligence agency, and her pivotal work for Allied forces.
A real-life, can’t-put-down spy memoir. The CIA is looking for walking contradictions. Recruiters seek out potential agents who can keep a secret yet pull classified information out of others; who love their country but are willing to leave it behind for dangerous places; who live double lives, but can be trusted with some of the nation’s most highly sensitive tasks.
Describes the true story of Elizebeth Smith, a Shakespeare expert, who met and married a groundbreaking cryptologist and worked with him to discover and expose Nazi spy rings in South America by cracking multiple versions of the Enigma machine.
But Wait, There’s More …
Women Fighting for the Resistance
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