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A Quiet Courage Paperback – 1 Jan 1991


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552994359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552994354
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 833,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the autumn of 1941 the first agents of SOE were parachuted into France, their aim "to set Europe ablaze". Some were exposed early on, but managed to escape, some were captured and brutally interrogated and some were sent to concentration camps. They were all intelligent, resourceful and courageous, and some of them were women. This is their story as seen through the eyes of those women, including Odette Churchill, Yvonne Cormeau, Didi Nearne and Lise de Baissac, each of whom worked with local resistance groups, helping to arm and organize them, and daily facing the possibility of capture and torture.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deneb on 13 Sept. 2011
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Can be a little drawn out but this book was well researched and tells the story of courage 'above and beyond'. These women were the bravest of the brave and that shows through in the author's writing.
I was particularly interested in the research which went into the betrayals from inside SOE (and, perhaps, government) which only our 'old boy network' could have covered up. It still makes my blood run cold to think that people can sell their friends to torture, concentration camps and execution 'for the greater good' from an office in London. This refers to the accusations that many agents were given false details of a fictitious D-Day in order to have the information wrung from them, thus misleading the enemy. One is left in a moral minefield. "What is permissible to save, perhaps, thousands of lives or even final victory"? The book has left me looking for more information on the 'Dericourt/Bodington' affair and I am now starting on Dericourt: The Chequered Spy.
In all, the book is a good introduction to these brave women (and men) of SOE (not OSS as one reviewer stated). Read it and weep.

Added 8/11/11
I had to add this as I am reading Dericourt: The Chequered Spy. This seems to be a well researched and thorough book so far. I may well revise my opinion of the whole affair when finished. I recommend this book once a reader has some background from other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Louise Finch on 17 Dec. 2011
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This book is amazing and I'm glad I ordered it...wouldn't part with it... It is really inspiring and insightful. It tracks the experiences of female SOE operatives in France and has also inspired me to look into the Norwegian Resistance. The ladies are so brave, it is a privilege to read their accounts.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Signy on 2 Nov. 2010
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Well, that's the only word to describe a book that promised 'new' information about the courageous women of the OSS during World War Two. Hardly a new fact in it - just a few names that hadn't hit the headlines many times over in the past. Disappointing? Yes - and it's also very boring despite the story it should be telling!
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Billich on 30 Nov. 2011
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The speed with which I received the book was very good, no complaints there. The book was in a reasonable condition, all pages there and not too dog eared. The major problem was the smell of the book, it had obviously been kept in, possibly a damp room, or something similar, but it really did 'pong'. I sprayed it several times with air freshener, trying not to make the pages too wet. When I thought it was quite a bit better I took it to read at a hospital appointment, when I got it out I got a couple of funny looks, then someone I knew came in, and the first thing she said was, "What is that smell". Feeling awful I admitted it was my book. Needless to say I will not be buying a second hand book again.
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