Author event with Lynne Olson
Thu, Mar 14 6:30 pm
Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Lynne Olson for her new book Madame Fourcade’s Secret War. New York Times bestselling historian Lynne Olson’s new book Madame Fourcade’s Secret War is the extraordinary, little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II. In 1941, a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamor became leader of a vast Resistance intelligence organization – the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: unthreatening in appearance, yet a tough little animal that, as a friend of hers put it, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.” Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour. Among her five other books is Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England. She lives with her husband in Washington, DC.