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A Life in Secrets by Sarah Helm
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Jan 22, 08

Read in January, 2008

I could barely put this book down. From page one I was hooked. The stories about agents going behind Nazi lines into France were compelling, and Vera Atkin's tenactiy to discover what happened to each and every agent that did not come back was admirable. The descriptions of conditions in the prisons, camps and countries during WW II are difficult to read and accept. Then Sarah Helms goes beyond these points in history to discover what shaped Vera Atkins. Helms does not wear only rose colored glasses when exploring and explaining Vera Atkins. Ordinary people often reacted extraordinarily during this time of war yet their human frailities are often obvious, too.
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