Nancy Wake: A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine

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HarperCollins Publishers Australia, 2002 - World War, 1939-1945 - 390 pages
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The number one bestselling biography of Australia's greatest war heroine - over 84,000 copies sold in its first two formats.

In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person.

As a na´ve, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille. Her network was soon so successful - and so notorious - that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her 'the white mouse' for her knack of slipping through its traps.

But Nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away. Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio - nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis.

Peter FitzSimons reveals Nancy Wake's compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.

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I have read through all the reviews that people have put through and cannot be even more shocked. Nancy Wake was an exceptional woman, who did many great things for her country. What people don't understand is that this book is a story of her life and her thoughts on what happened in her life! It was a great read, as she exposed what she normally wouldn't. In fact how would you feel if you had to live with a uncompassionate mother and no father for her first 16 years of her life? She was a very strong willed woman who bore no malice UNTIL she saw the full horror of what the Nazi's did to innocent people. If if wasn't for her and many other people we wouldn't have the freedom we have now. I know people have their own thoughts on the book but remember you haven't had war been the main issue in your life, you may of had a family member killed/injured in the war but you haven't been a part of it yourself (apart from the people who have fought in the war). Have you noticed, many people who fought in the war don't talk about their experiences as it is to haunting for them. Nancy Wake was brave enough to talk about it; the fear, the loss of life, the hatred, and her thoughts on the war. It was a brilliant read from someone who gave her all for so many. 

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About the author (2002)

Peter John FitzSimons is an Australian journalist and writer, born on June 29, 1961 in Wahroonga, New South Wales. He studied government and political science at the University of Sydney and earned a degree in arts. In the 1980s to 2010 he played rugby. For two years (2006-2008) he was a radio co-host with Mike Carlton of the Breakfast with Mike and Fitz show. He is journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. His twenty-seven books include Tobruk, Kokoda, Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men, A Simpler Time, Mawson, Batavia, Eureka: The Unfinished Revolution, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Pozieres: In the Trenches of Hell, and has written seven biographies. Victory at Villers-Bretonneux was published in November 2016. The Great Aussie Bloke Slim-Down is his most recent bestseller.

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