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Lynne Olson

Biography

Lynne Olson

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, D.C.

Lynne Olson

Books by Lynne Olson

by Lynne Olson - Biography, History, Nonfiction

In 1941, a 31-year-old Frenchwoman became the leader of a vast 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. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape and continued to hold her network together, even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.

by Lynne Olson - History, Nonfiction

When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island.” Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven.” Acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history.