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Nancy Wake: SOE's Greatest Heroine Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Her autobiography was regrettably short, and kind of came acrost that she was embarrassed to write it, but had finally caved in to requests to do so. This book, however, provides far more information about her adventures than did the autobiography, and is a lively and interesting read. Yes, it is written rather childishly, to a degree, but is thorough, well researched, and some aspects are well explained, which is important to people like me, who are not well versed in all the minutiae of WWII.
What you take away from it is a breathtaking sense of OMG! Here was absolutely the RIGHT woman in the RIGHT place at the, sadly, RIGHT time. "Ballsy" barely begins to describe her, and yet everyone interviewed mentions her femininity. It would be an absolute shame for this brave, idealistic woman to fade, forgotten, in to history.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in the war, espionage, right versus wrong, and by golly, they ought to put books like this in to the middle and high school curriculums to excite children about history, rather than "dull" them to death. I can still hear my 7th grade teacher in my mind, droning on and on about the Carolingian Period. It was decades before I knew history might be exciting and interesting. And this book is certainly written at a level it could easily be inserted in immediately. (Not mean as a slur to the author). I sincerely hope some enterprising history teacher, somewhere, will have a few books like this, Ian Mortimer's "Time Travellers Guide to the Middle Ages" and the autobiography of free slave John P Parker on his shelves to lend out to tempt kids.
She died at age 95 in 2011. Other than an obit in the NY Times, and few other papers, she died in obscurity. I had only heard of her by accident through a recommendation from Amazon.
I strongly recommend this read to anyone who is interested in learning what good humans, as opposed to talkers, have done for the true benefit of the human race.
However it is a very poorly written story, and the stilted manner of the writing detracts from the story. It is almost childish in its style.
Do yourself and Nancy a favour - try another book to learn of her amazing life.
If this book were fiction, it would be a #1 Best Seller. That it is fact make it (almost) unbelievable. Russell Braddon knows about war from personal experience. He is also a writer, not just someone who writes. We must credit him with writing an amazing story about an amazing lady. A lady who was ready to commit her life in defence of her adopted country at any cost and in any circumstances. Her survival throughout an incredible period of action after D-Day puts the exploits of "007" to shame. Nancy Wake was accepted as a leader by a large group of tough French Resistance men who recognised in her a brand of courage and determination that is not given to many. Australian by birth, she adopted France as her country because she married a Frenchman and she loved France.
If you are an avid reader of the exploits of the SOE, you cannot pass this book by.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's no doubt whatsoever that Nancy Wake was an amazing woman. However, this book was written by someone with very little in the way of writing skills and probably even fewer... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shary
Well written, interesting story about a remarkable woman. I couldn't put it down until I knew how it ended. If you like history, you will enjoy this autobiography.Published 2 months ago by SKD
The story of an Amazing woman who has not received the publicity she deserved here in the U.S.Published 4 months ago by jan karol
Great book about an amazing woman. Really important to understanding WW II.Published 5 months ago by Orin H
powerful book, I can't see myself ever doing the things this woman did, she escaped occupied France and then willingly went back to work more for the liberation of FrancePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
enjoyed reading it and reminded me that not all the hero's in that war were on the beach heads.Published 6 months ago by Chris
Very good story about courage. Lifts the spirit and brings out the inner desire to "be" all we can be.Published 8 months ago by Patricia
Splendid woman ...strong, honest, brave. An amazing life well lived by a young woman who served a daring and important role in the resistance in France during WW II.Published 9 months ago by Gig Harbor, WA