Madame Fourcade’s
Secret War

The Daring Young Woman Who Led the Largest French Spy Network Against Hitler

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island comes the extraordinary, little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II. | Read more

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“One of the great stories of the French Resistance…of one woman’s courage amid great danger, of heroism, defiance, and, ultimately, victory.”
—Alan Furst, author of A Hero of France

“A heroine who seems to come tailor-made for the movie screen— beautiful, rich, effortlessly elegant, and an absolutely indomitable spy for the ages.”
—Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Horse

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.” | Read more


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Madame Fourcade’s Fun Fact #4- FUN FACT #4 A lifelong rebel against France’s deeply conservative, patriarchal society, Fourcade managed to convince hundreds of male agents, many of them ex-military officers “not known for their feminism,” to accept her as their chef. “She was young and very beautiful, but there was an unmistakable aura of authority around her,” one of them […]
Madame Fourcade’s Fun Fact #3- FUN FACT #3 For six months after the 31-year-old Fourcade took command of Alliance, she kept her identity a secret from Britain’s MI6, with whom Alliance worked, because she feared its leaders would never tolerate a woman as head of this large and important network. They finally learned the truth in December 1941, when, concealed […]

Lynne Olson’s Books

Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest Hour. Among her five other books is Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England. | View All

Those Angry Days BookCitizens of London BookTroublesome Young Men Book