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Product Details

  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Omega Publications, Inc.; 1st edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930872789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930872786
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her thrilling but sad story is told in this book." - Paul Callan, Daily Express" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The true life of Noor Inayat Khan is the stuff legends are made of. It makes for compelling reading, wrote novelist, Khushwant Singh about Spy Princess. Christopher Hudson from the Daily Mail newspaper commented, Its one of the most inspirational stories of World War II; reading this book is like watching a butterfly trapped in a net.

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This is the most comprehensive book about Noor that I have read.
Omar
The true story of the life of a little known true heroine who was very courageous.
Harriet H. Gaston
A good read to learn about history and the forgotten ones who made it.
Phyllis

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Noor Inayat Khan was a SOE agent, working as a wireless operator in occupied France. This is an interesting read about her childhood, how she became a spy, and the aftermath. Through the story of one agent and her family, you realize the magnitude of the war, where the mission became far more important than family ties. A musician and student of child psychology, who writes stories for children, eventually finds herself running from house to house in Paris, evading the gestapo. Shrabani Basu's writing is full of details but dull at times, but the power of the human spirit comes through.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alexander B. Dewitt on October 18, 2009
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"Spy Princess" takes advantage of all the former efforts to tell the story of a wonderful Heroine named Noor Un Nisa. It is a well written and thoughtful contribution to the library of material that is growing agout the SOE and Noor. It sorts for the truth among all the research that has blossomed since WWII, making it a well balanced combination of all the known facts.

Noor's legacy is a story which doesn't die, and as the newcomer will find, rightfully so. The first book about her life, "Noor Un Nisa", was penned by Jean Overton Fuller, a personal wartime friend of Noor's. Little was known about the circumstances surrounding Noor's death until the peices began to be assembled. After five years of research Fuller published her findings in 1950, and the results were sensational. Soon afterward her book was made into a Hollywood movie, and these opened up public interests into a wide field of other questions about the fate of all the agents of the SOE, the secret organization which Noor joined to fight Hitler.

Noor was a Pacifist, growing up in the family of one of the world's greatest Sufi teacher's, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Noor's brother, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, took up the Sufi mantle upon his father's death, and taught in the US and Europe for the rest of his life. He in fact was in England with his sister unaware that she was preparing to go into occuppied France, eventually to her death. So he too was in the dark about his sister's fate until the war crimes tribunals and the efforts to find out more began to trickle out into public scrutiny. Pir Vilayat also took part in the war effort against totalitarianism in the British Navy, and was one of the few who escaped death on board a British Destroyer which was hunting a U Boat when his ship was torpedoed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert J. Proctor on April 24, 2012
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I was disappointed by this book. I was familiar with the life of Noor Inayat Khan and was expecting a work that communicated the emotional, spiritual and psychological depth of her sacrifice. This is instead a documentary. Factual I'm sure, but dull and mediocre in style.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tasinmaine on April 11, 2011
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This could have been such a great book , if written well. The subject material is so intriguing , compelling one to buy the book, but then it was an effort to just go through the first three chapters!! It doesn't captivate you..to want you to keep reading! Very dull & mediocre research style of writing here! William Dalrymple or Ebrahim Eraly would've done it justice! Very disappointing!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Calamia on September 10, 2008
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"SPY PRINCESS"; The Life of Noor Inayat Khan was as unique a story as any fictional novel could be. The only difference is ... this story was true. Noor Inayat Khan was born to the union of an American journalist, Ora Ray Baker, and Hazrat Inayat Khan, a descendant from the Tipu Sultan of India who led an uprising against the British in 1799.

The author, Shrabani Basu does a superb job of delving both into the mystical side of Noor Khan as well as, the secular side of her life and her work as a spy for British intelligence.

Here is a book that portrays a real patriot, and... a real avatar. The reader can not help but see that Noor Khan actually takes on a "Christ figure" in her life as well as in her death. She is "Arjuna" from the Bhagavad-Gita, and at the same time, she emanates the incarnate spirit of a real Joan of Arc.

Noor's artistic side is no less impressive. She was a writer of children's books (Twenty Jataka Tales), poetry, and indulged in various classical arts.

On the secular side, Noor Khan was an exceptional patriot who becomes a member of the British SOE and was recruited for special assignment behind enemy lines in occupied France (her adopted country), during WWII. She becomes the first female wireless operator to enter France and the last wireless operator in Paris before her betrayal and arrest by the Gestapo.

The author indicates that Noor Khan was totally truthful. A fact that may have sealed her fate even while still training in England. During the war, India was struggling for its own independence and was a real possible threat to Britan. When she appeared before a board that would either pass or fail her in on-going spy training, she was asked; what she thought of the Indian situation, and...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on September 13, 2012
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Really enjoyed this book. Fascinating read, very interesting story and well written, a very brave and principled lady whose story should be better know but then I suppose there are lots of unsung heroes and heroines in this world. Would recommend this book for all history fans and people who just want a good book to read
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