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Book Group Meeting #5: A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell

Tuesday May 26, 2020
3:00 PM until 4:00 PM


Virginia Hall was the type of character that could have stepped out of a Hollywood blockbuster: a socialite turned spy, Hall made her mark as "the most dangerous of the Allied Spies" in Nazi-occupied France. Fearless behind enemy lines, Hall disguised herself as a reporter to collect information about enemy activity, smuggled ammunition and money, organized prison breaks, and formed and trained French resistance groups, all while maneuvering on a wooden leg she named Cuthbert.

Kirkus reviews writes that this book "shows how, if Hall had been a man, dropping undercover in and out of occupied Vichy, Paris, and Lyon, setting up safe houses, and coordinating couriers for the Resistance, she would now be as famous as James Bond…Meticulous research results in a significant biography of a trailblazer who now has a CIA building named after her.”

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