Sisterhood of Spies

Sisterhood of Spies

The Women of the OSS

Large Print - 2000
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The daring missions and cloak-and-dagger skullduggery of America's World War II intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), have become the stuff of legend. Yet the contributions of the four thousand women who made up one-fifth of its staff have gone largely unheralded. Here, at last, are their fascinating stories, told by one of their own. A seasoned journalist and veteran of sensitive OSS and CIA operations, McIntosh draws on her own experiences and in-depth interviews with more than one hundred OSS women to uncover some of the most tantalizing stories and best-kept secrets of the war.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : G.K. Hall, 2000.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780783891552
0783891555
Branch Call Number: 940.548673 M189
Characteristics: 485 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Mar 05, 2017

Wow. Fascinating background stories of how the OSS put together information that helped us win WW2. It was a lot more than battlefield strategy and troops and throwing men in front of machine guns at Normandy. I have been fascinated by the resisters of all nations and their bravery but these stories are of putting together a little bit of info from here and there and gleaning a lot from it and having the courage to commit resources that noone ever knew about to help us win the war. Many women who were much smarter than their supervisors and who did not get much credit were behind all this and made the world a much better place.

Virginia Hall's story deserves a read in totality she was so amazing (lost one leg in sporting accident before the war but still saved many Allied pilots lives). Also, Vera Ward, I would encourage anyone interested in WWII resisters to read about their lives. Also, the jewish resister nick-named "the Rose", Sophie Scholl who was very young but brave beyond belief and not included in this book.

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Jun 17, 2008

Here agents were taught basic trade craft: how to make surreptitious entries, blow safes, and steam letters open, according to Di Giacomo. "Many of the so-called teachers were actually safecrackers and other questionable types, but they really knew their business. Some of them had jail terms behind them before OSS picked them up." Di Giacomo admitted that she picked up a few tricks from these instructors, and after all these years she can still steam open a letter.

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