Spymistress: The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

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Arcade Publishing, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages
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From the bestselling author of A Man Called Intrepid comes the first and only biography of Vera Atkins, of whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming said, 'In the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss.' Vera Atkins was an attractive young woman with smoky eyes and lustrous black hair. She belonged to a wealthy family and dined with ambassadors and kings. She could have been a socialite, but in the cataclysmic days of World War II, Vera Atkins became Great Britain's spymistress.
  

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Review: Spymistress: The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

User Review  - Ryan Wulfsohn - Goodreads

Complete bollocks even by the standards of an author mainly known for writing utter tosh. I thought I could possibly finish the book just to see how bad it was but I was wrong. Avoid. Read full review

Review: Spymistress: The Life of Vera Atkins, the Greatest Female Secret Agent of World War II

User Review  - LAErin - Goodreads

Couldn't finish this, as much as I tried. Too thick with detail. Some careful editing could've turned this into a fascinating story. Read full review

Contents

Maxs Daughter
1
Mutual Friends vs Guilty Men
15
Kill Hitler?
23
Return to Berlin
34
Where Lies the Treachery?
38
England Cut Off
51
Connections
59
Spattering Brains with a Knobkerrie
68
She Has to Believe in What She Is Doing or Go Mad
175
The Flying Visit
183
Shattering Lavals Shield of France
192
We Are in the Presence of a Crime Without a Name
199
Thin Red Line
210
Fully Occupied
219
Bluff and Counterbluff
229
The White Rabbit Hops into the Governors Den
237

Poland Breaks the First Enigma
76
Betrayals All Around
82
Veras First Mission in an Open War
87
Keep Buggering On
99
The Gestapo
105
The Phony War Ends
110
A Gigantic Guerrilla
117
The Lips of a Strange Woman
124
Sabotage Etcetera Etcetera
129
A Year Alone
135
A Civil War Ends a Nightmare Begins
145
Specially Employed and Not Paid from Army Funds
152
She Could Do Anything with Dynamite Except Eat It
161
The Black Chamber
169
An Unplanned and Gigantic Spyglass
244
Rolande
255
Tangled Webs
260
Deadly Mind and Wireless Games
267
The Life That I Have Is Yours
272
My Uncle Is Lord Vansittart
287
But If the Cause Be Not Good
293
If These Do Not Die Well It Will Be a Black Matter
297
A Terrible Irony
305
Unsolved Mysteries
312
The American Connection
317
Notes
323
Index
341
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About the author (2007)

William Stevenson was born in London, England on June 1, 1924. During World War II, he was a pilot who flew for the British. After the war, he worked briefly for newspapers in England before moving to Canada in 1947 and becoming a foreign correspondent for The Toronto Star. By the 1960s, he was working for the Near and Far East News Group, a propaganda arm of the British government. He also helped produce documentaries for Canadian television and the BBC. He wrote several books including A Man Called Intrepid, 90 Minutes at Entebbe, Intrepid's Last Case, and Past to Present: A Reporter's Story of War, Spies, People, and Politics. He died on November 26, 2013 at the age of 89.

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