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Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America’s Greatest Female Spy

Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains―on an artificial leg, no less. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France by the OSS, disguised as an old peasant woman. She helped capture 500 German soldiers and kill more than 150, while she sabotaged Nazi communications and transportation. Hitler’s forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.

Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall’s story to patriots young and old.

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Anonymous says:

Read it For Fun Only Virginia Hall was an extremely intriguing woman and her story deserves to be told. Unfortunately, I must agree with other 3-star reviewers as to the writing style of the author; she seems to be trying to hard to “spice it up,” so to speak, but as a result I find myself reading war descriptions not unique and vibrant, but rather descriptions that are tedious and expected–the same stuff I’ve read dozens of other times in dozens of other books. What bothers me most, however, is the lack…

Anonymous says:

GUMPTION! Bravery! Smarts! All in one package…….Virginia Hall What a wonderful biography of someone so brave and so determined to ‘walk the talk.’ While America hem-hawed around trying to decide whether it was going to help our fellow allies in Europe, this woman decided to do something about it. Virginia Hall started out working for the US State Dept and went through all of the usual clerical things assigned to women because it was thought they weren’t capable of doing anything else – hah! Virginia paid her dues and tried to progress up the ladder to…

Anonymous says:

MAGNIFICENT account of WWII resistance leader, fighter, radio operator… I have read the book twice and listened to the audiobook once. This is an important perspective on the resistance against the Germans in France during WWII–as well as the role of a remarkable leader, fighter and radio operator. I wish there was more personal information on Virginia Hall, but that is what she would have wanted, anyway. She was modest and downplayed her role. My initial interest in her was her work as a clandestine radio operator using morse code–and that is my…

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