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Flames in the Field by [Kramer, Rita ]
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About the Author

Rita Kramer's previous books include Maria Montessori: A Biography, At Tender Age, Ed School Follies, and When Morning Comes. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, American Heritage, Commentary, The American Spectator, the Wilson Quarterly, City Journal and other magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2515 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C6NOOK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rita Kramer writes like a journalist and has researched thoroughly the 4 women who were murdered at Natzweiler concerntration camp. She delves deeply into the four women's lives before - after and during the war that ended so tragically for them. She details their betrayal and elaborates further on the duplicity of Henri Dericourt and SIS.
It is an interesting read - thoroughly researched.
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While this has lots of fascinating information about SOE Operations in France in WW2 it needs a better editor. The nature of the story, primarily of the secret operations in German occupied France in 1943 and the SD penetration of the SOE network, is one of many parallel threads and the uncovering of a mystery. So this makes it hard to just write a linear narrative, and the author has done a pretty good job of writing very readable prose that clearly explains what is going on. However there are a few places where the ordering of the material goes backwards within a few paragraphs and crucial pieces of information are given out of order.

The book shows an awful lot of research was done by the author, over a period of what seems to be years, and building on the work done by a number of predecessors. There is an academic level of referencing and footnotes. There are several distinct parts to the book. The first is a narrative on four women SOE agents killed by the nazis at Natzweiler, which then widens to encompass the others that were arrested around the same time and that shared their captivity in Fresnes and then Karlsruhe. Each of these women is identified and has their life story before joining SOE told. Where it is known this then leads up to how they were captured.

Another piece of the narrative are the attempts by others (initally Vera Atkins in 1945-6 and then Jean Overton Fuller) to find out what happened to the women after they were arrested. This then leads nicely into attempts to work out whether or not the women were betrayed, and if so by whom. There has been a lot of controversy about this, and many of the participants in the events have competing theories.
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Passionate and engrossing, this book was well researched and asks some very pertinent questions about the work of the SOE.Some detail is lacking due to the secretive nature of the subject matter, but Rita Kramer has done much to ensure that the legacy of the four female agents depicted in the book lives on. Haunting in places, this book will undoubtedly make the reader acutely aware of the bravery,and occasional foolishness of the operatives sent to deal a blow to Nazism in occupied France.
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I picked this up after reading The Spy Princess about the life of Noor Inayat Khan and wanting to know more. This book concentrates on the 4 women who were executed at Natsweiler concentration camp but also touches on other agents in the field. I thought it presented an excellent overview of SOE, the agents in the field, the double agents and balances it against the overall strategy of the war. Highly recommended.
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A harrowing book about 4 SOE girls (for that is what they were, young 20 somethings), who gave their lives for a better future for us all.

We should never forget them, nor the atrocities inflicted on them by Nazism. This book, like the one by Sarah Helm about Vera Atkins of SOE, is at times hard to bear, such are the upsetting descriptions about their treatment. Sleep at times does not come easily after reading these passages.

I feel privileged to have known them through this book.

Paul White
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I made up my mind not to comment on books unless they were written by someone who can really write. Rita Kramer is above and beyond being a good writer - she's great. This book is so well written - so well put together - many people reading it will envy her talent. Okay - it's about WW2 - it's about SOE - and lets face it there have been many, many of these - but Flames of the Field is different - it's a well researched acount of the infestigation into the lives and deaths of 4 agents who would have become consugned to the dustbin of history had iy not been for her hadr work and researched. She pulls no punches - watchout Frenchmen - particularly Parisians - you're in for a lashing - as are the Germans ("We were just following orders" - "We didn't know what was going on in the camps.) who even so long after the war should still hang down their heads in shame.
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This is a well written and well presented account of the SOE and the brave people who were part of the resistance movement. It also shows the good and bad along with the mishandling and cover-up in a very even handed way.
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I've only read a few chapters, but, already I'm really enjoying the book. The author hasn't rambled on, like some do, to get the page count up. The book is detailed, and very informative, which makes me just want to keep on reading. Best I've read, in a while, about S.O.E. and The Resistance. It's amazing, just how many selfless, brave and courageous men and women, who were dedicated to their cause, and knew they could be captured, interrogated, tortured and then murdered at any time. Wow!
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