A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages

From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger tale of Vera Atkins, one of Britain’s premiere secret agents during World War II. 
As the head of the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive, Vera Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored special operatives whose job was to organize and arm the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. After the war, Atkins courageously committed herself to a dangerous search for twelve of her most cherished women spies who had gone missing in action. Drawing on previously unavailable sources, Sarah Helm chronicles Atkins’s extraordinary life and her singular journey through the chaos of post-war Europe. Brimming with intrigue, heroics, honor, and the horrors of war, A Life in Secrets is the story of a grand, elusive woman and a tour de force of investigative journalism.

 

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Contents

Nora
3
Disaster 2
22
Thanks from the Gestapo
48
Traces
66
Need to Know
81
Buchenwald Boys
93
Euston Station
104
Gestapo Boys 12
112
Spy Gents
177
A Woman in Blue
197
Following Tracks
214
Conspiracies
371
Belgian Ladies
395
Heroine
409
Secrets That Dont
432
Epilogue
450

Confidantes
127
The Danube Delta
137
Crasna
146
A Mountain Picnic 67
167
Sources
467
Bibliography
483
450
489
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Sarah Helm is the author of Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Women and A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII and the play Loyalty, about the 2003 Iraq War. She was a staff journalist on the Sunday Times (London) and a foreign correspondent on the Independent, and now writes for several publications. She lives in London with her husband and two daughters. 

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