It is too bad that Virginia Hall never left her memories of her service in WW2 for history. There was a problem loading your book clubs. The author was meticulous in research, but all I'm learning is about her cold room, and bad food. What a pity. .orange-text-color {color: #FE971E;} Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip. I became enthralled with the story sim. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill, Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America's Greatest Female Spy. I hope this becomes a movie, but I don't know I could stand the auditory-visual intensity. I love the fact that in recent years, more and more formidable women are being brought out of shadows of obscurity, by wonderful authors. Reviewed in the United States on April 12, 2019.

Hidden in part because of her clandestine work, but mostly because history is written by men for their own glorification, Virginia's story was largely buried in the annals of military legend and lore. Except it isn’t. The book covers in great detail her involvement in war efforts in France. I discuss this book in my video covering round 2 of the 2020 Booktube Prize here: This book tells the important story of an unrecognized hero of World War II--Virginia Hall, one of the few female spies who helped build the French Resistance and assure the success of the Allied invasion of France.

But I really don't like the writing style. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books.

I will get her book on Clementine Churchill next.

What did others think who read the complete book? The author, with this book, does a thorough and very accessible job of bringing the facts of this heroic life to you. Now in my seventh decade (did I just write that? I loved that one!! In A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell relates the woman's experience in World War II in compelling and often jaw-dropping detail. Summary: An incredible, exciting story about an inspiring, dedicated spy. Timely, authoritative and gripping. I didn't realise that this was written by a renowned biographer until I started reading. Unable to add item to List. See all 9 questions about A Woman of No Importance…, This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey, [Flurries Nov] A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy who helped win World War II, 4.5 stars, Recommended book- Disabled female spy wwii - great read, Readers’ Top Histories and Biographies of the Last 5 Years. What an absolutely fascinating history! I became enthralled with the story simply because of the accomplishments, courage and heroism of this heroine of WWII previously unknown to me. Virginia Hall would be okay with her anonymity since she never sought fame or recompense. My WWII knowledge is woefully inadequate, but getting better everyday. She left very little info, never talked about her experiences.

Her intuition, empathy, wit and charm come through.

We've all heard of Odette but Virginia Hall was unknown to me.

I was spellbound by the story and cannot recommend it highly enough. She became the most wanted and hated spy in France, and the Nazis hunted her unmercifully. This woman was unstoppable, unflappable and fearless in her desire to serve in WWII. She describes how some of the people survived the war by wits, intuition and caution. Don’t judge me; I put forth a good effort. An American woman with a prosthetic leg, she managed to become British undercover operative in France during the Nazi occupation. Virginia Hall was an absolutely incredible figure, establishing and coordinating a resistance network across France almost single handedly, with little backup or communication – and she did all this working around a disability. This non-fiction story of an American working for the British SOE (prior to U.S.'s OSS/CIA) in occupied France during World War II is fraught with suspense. How are we not all aware of this incredible woman?! Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019. The DSC was the only one awarded to a civilian woman in World War Two. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2019. After the war she was honored with awards in the US, France and Britain receiving the American Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), the French Croix de Guerre and made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). (But make a movie in this case...?). The author rivets my attention. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

There's a problem loading this menu right now. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II. But Sonia Purnell wove the surviving threads of her story together in a way that I can only imagine is the next closest thing. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 21, 2019. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Virginia was an American woman who wanted to be a diplomat, rather than marrying well as her mother preferred, at a time when that wasn’t really done. Somehow she always managed to stay one limping step ahead of them. This needs to be required reading for everyone. A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II - Kindle edition by Purnell, Sonia. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. In our times of bloviating, posturing leaders here is a story of someone who sacrificed herself with great courage for the sake of the freedom - of another country.

Please try again. The author rivets my attention. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2019. I loved this story! This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Fascinating subject...can't handle writing style, Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019. In A Woman of No Importance, Sonia Purnell relates the woman's experience in World War II in compelling and often jaw-dropping detail.

We've all heard of Odette but Virginia Hall was unknown to me. Also heartbreaking and simply. Gonna keep this short since I'm tired. Hunted by the Gestapo, constantly in fear of informers, surrounded by incompetents (British and French) and danger and if this wasn't difficult enough she had accidentally lost a leg when she was younger and had also to deal with this disability. This is the biography of one of the first women to become a front line secret agent, who left America during the Great Depression, suffered her leg being partially amputated and ended up helping to found what became known as the French resistance. It's humbling to think of what these people went through for the love of freedom and the fight against injustice. It will be my history pick for the year! To cap it all off, the title really grates: in spite of the author's clear admiration for Virginia Hall's Resistance efforts, the title "A Woman of No Importance, " while intended to show the opposite, in a sense perpetuates the long-time discounting of Miss Hall's achievements, especially when coupled with the subtitle that seems to imply that, almost single-handedly, she won the war.

I have never been a big history buff. I was enamored with the first history of Clementine Churchill. The drama, suffering, tragedy and excitement is gripping. Service over self was a theme throughout her life and it's a message that's often lost these days. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Something went wrong.

Honoring Anna is a heart wrenching, captivating and emotionally stirring profile of an extraordinary American immigrant. This is a fascinating book about a little known WWII war hero, Virginia Hall. She was the primary developer of the French Resistance and worked for the British Secret Service as well the American OSS. Considering the difficulty of bringing this story out of the shadows, after many of it's key actors have left us, and old records lost or dispersed to various places, it must have been a huge a task to create this book. Reads like great fiction and is all the more incredible because it's true. .a woman worth spending your time learning about. I didn't realise that this was written by a renowned biographer until I started reading. This fast paced brilliantly written book should be on the national school curriculum to show our future citizens and leaders - boys and girls - the importance of responsibility, perseverance, resourcefulness, loyalty, our rich history and respect for all human beings. But I really don't like the writing style. Enjoy a great reading experience when you buy the Kindle edition of this book. She became the most wanted and hated spy in France, and the Nazis hunted her unmercifully. I don't agree with your review of the book. Her hopes were thwarted when she accidentally shot her leg while hunting in Turkey and lost her leg. Often when witting on this subject other authors will not make much of the infighting and internal politics from this period (within the resistance itself). I know this book has some great reviews by others, but after several weeks I'm only on page 90 and I've given up. Focused (approaching myopic) look at the impressive wartime activities of this single woman, but the book reads a bit like a string of 3X5 note cards pasted together, each episode sprinkled with a "How would she be able to..." type query.

She struggled for 6 years in France working to defeat the Germans and to say she was marvelous is an understatement. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2019. In spite of her heroics and brilliant tactics as a spy for the British SOE, and later for the American OSS, Virginia Hall “was pigeonholed as a disabled woman of no importance.” She was often under-utilized and always under-estimated s, I had never heard of Virginia Hall before the release of Sonia Purnell’s biography A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II.

I was spellbound by the story and cannot recommend it highly enough.

Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. I am almost completely ignorant about the French Resistance but still it’s kind of shocking that I had never heard of the accomplishments of Virginia Hall. Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019. There is nothing like reading a history or biography book and being so completely transported to another time and place that you find... To see what your friends thought of this book, I don't agree with your review of the book. But it's not often at all that you'll come across a true-to-life story of a person who comes even close to the sort of over-the-top heroism that so many popular writers favor. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 22, 2019. The older I get, the more I realize that the events in my earlier years that I thought were the absolute worst turned out to be the mold for the best. This item: A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell Hardcover $21.06 In Stock. In spite of her heroics and brilliant tactics as a spy for the British SOE, and later for the American OSS, Virginia Hall “was pigeonholed as a disabled woman of no importance.” She was often under-utilized and always under-estimated simply because she was a woman in a man’s war. Popular fiction abounds with superheroes.



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