Celebrate Women’s History Month by Honoring a thrilling French Spy

Have you heard of Madame Fourcade? Even if you are World War II aficionados, the spy who helped turn the tide for the Allies may not be a name you recognize. Beauty, wealth, and verve are adjectives that capture the woman who remained underground in the French Resistance while France was under German control.

Just out in paperback, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War relates the story of a courageous mother of two children who led France’s largest spy network against Hitler. The book’s author creates a page-turning adventure that leaves you believing you are reading a fictional story. But Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was real, and her story is mesmerizing. From escaping prison by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell to hiding in a mail packet to cross into Spain, there is never a moment you aren’t holding your breath that she’ll survive.

Fourcade led over three thousand agents in her network, Alliance, which lasted longer or provided more valuable information than other resistance groups. Alliance provided a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads where the Allies would land on D-Day.

Read HERE for a review of the book that details the extraordinary accomplishments of a woman who helped change the course of history.