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Agent Josephine : American beauty, French hero, British spy  Cover Image Book Book

Agent Josephine : American beauty, French hero, British spy / Damian Lewis.

Lewis, Damien, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541700666
  • ISBN: 154170066X
  • Physical Description: xxvi, 466 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2022.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-452) and index.
Summary, etc.:
Singer. Actress. Beauty. Spy. During WWII, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France. Prior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage, along with all ٢negroes and Jews.٣ Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy. In Agent Josephine, bestselling author Damien Lewis uncovers this little-known history of the famous singer's life. During the war years, as a member of the French Nurse paratroopers-a cover for her spying work-Baker participated in numerous clandestine activities and emerged as a formidable spy. In turn, she was a hero of the three countries in whose name she served-the US, France, and Britain. Drawing on a plethora of new historical material and rigorous research, including previously undisclosed letters and journals, Lewis upends the conventional story of Josephine Baker, explaining why she fully deserves her unique place in the French Panthéon. Provided by publisher.
Subject: Baker, Josephine, 1906-1975.
Women spies > Great Britain > Biography.
African American women dancers > France > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > France > African Americans > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Women > France > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements.
Genre: Biographies.

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De Soto Public Library B Bak (Text) 33858000016428 New Books Checked out 09/01/2022

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