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She was beautiful, she was ruthless. She was Vera Atkins, legendary spy of the 1930s and 1940s. Here is the extraordinary account of the woman whose intelligence, beauty and unflagging dedication proved the key in turning the tide of WWII. Recruited at age 23 by legendary spymaster William Stephenson (known as Intrepid) Vera Atkins undertook countless perilous missions on her own in the 1930s. Her fierce intellect, personal courage, and facility with languages quickly propelled her to the leadership echelon of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a covert intelligence agency formed by Winston Churchill. During World War II, she became Great Britain's spymistress. Her agents penetrated deep behind enemy lines, aided resistance fighters, destroyed vital targets, helped Allied pilots evade capture, and radioed information back to London. They were prepared to die to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Vera Atkins was demobilized in 1947. Author William Stevenson was the only person she trusted to record her life--as he had done for her one-time recruiter, Intrepid--with one condition: He would not publish her story until after her death.

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