D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

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Thorndike Press Large Print
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5.6 X 8.7 X 1.4 inches | 0.02 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Sarah Rose is the author of For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World's Favorite Drink and Changed History. She has written for the Wall Street Journal, Outside, The Saturday Evening Post, and Men's Journal. In 2014, she was awarded a Lowell Thomas Prize in Travel Writing.


"Gripping, queasily so: Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery)--and all of it true, all precisely documented. Sarah Rose leaves you marveling at the sheer courage shown by these women of Churchill's Special Operations Executive, who risked all to fight the Nazis and help prepare the way for D-Day."
--Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake

"The mission is this: Read D-Day Girls today. Not just for the spy flair--code names, aliases, and operating covers--but also because this history feels more relevant than ever, as an army of women and girls again find themselves in a fight for the common good."
--Lily Koppel, author of The Astronaut Wives Club

"Sarah Rose's D-Day Girls is not only a page-turning spy story that reads like fiction, it's a highly relevant account that will, at long last, inscribe the names of three remarkable female spies--Andrée Borrel, Odette Sansom, Lise de Baissac--into our history books."
--Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire

"With skill and heart, Sarah Rose captures the adventures of an extraordinary group of women who kept the resistance alive during the darkest days of World War II, risking everything to liberate their loved ones, their nations, and democracy itself. Spies and saboteurs, high explosives, ingenious deceptions, dirty poems transformed into cryptologic keys--I couldn't stop reading."
--Jason Fagone, author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes

"Sarah Rose's edge-of-the-seat spy thriller weaves the incredible stories of World War II's forgotten heroines--daring, modern, and key to defeating the Nazis in France. Brilliantly researched and gorgeously written--with a cameo from Winston Churchill--this is the D-Day book the world has been waiting for."
--Karen Abbott, author of Sin in the Second City and Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

"Sarah Rose has worked wonders to provide a fresh, thrilling account of the female spies whose courage and audacity helped win the day on June 6, 1944."
--Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys and Avenue of Spies

"Rose delivers a swift moving... expert blow-by-blow account.... A readable spy thriller that fights against the idea of 'the original sin of women at war.'"
--Kirkus Reviews