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Lynne Olson

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Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain's crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called her "our era's foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy."
Lynne's latest book, Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against the Nazis, will be published by Random House on March 5, 2019. Two of her previous books, 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, were New York Times bestsellers.
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Lynne Olson I've just finished my latest book, which will be published on March 5, 2019. It called MADAME FOURCADE'S SECRET WAR, and it's about Marie-Madeleine Fo…moreI've just finished my latest book, which will be published on March 5, 2019. It called MADAME FOURCADE'S SECRET WAR, and it's about Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, a beautiful young Frenchwoman who headed the largest and most influential Allied spy network in occupied France during World War II. She was the only woman to head a major resistance organization in wartime France. It's an astonishing story that reads like a novel, but one that very few people know about. (less)
Lynne Olson Great question, Gail! On occasion, I've used freelance researchers to do some limited work for me, particularly in the UK. But overall I do my own res…moreGreat question, Gail! On occasion, I've used freelance researchers to do some limited work for me, particularly in the UK. But overall I do my own research. Historical research is like a treasure hunt -- you never know exactly what you're going to find. Often, it's something totally wonderful and unexpected, and I'm not sure outside researchers would know the value of it as I would. I also should point out that since most of my books have focused on Britain and World War II, I've built up a personal storehouse of knowledge that makes doing research on a new subject much easier than it would be if I were a stranger to the period and the place. (less)
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Madame Fourcade FUN FACT #10

FUN FACT #10
When Fourcade died on July 20, 1989, at the age of 79, she became the first woman to be given a funeral at Les Invalides, a splendid complex of buildings in Paris that celebrates the military glory of France. Napoleon Bonaparte is buried at Les Invalides, as are dozens of other celebrated French military heroes.
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“we’re inclined to say what we think, even when we have not thought very much.”
Lynne Olson, Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

“In Europe, Murrow observed to his wife, people were dying and "a thousand years of civilization [were] being smashed" while America remained on the sidelines. How could one possibly be objective or neutral about that?”
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“Not until the twenty-first century did the British government finally acknowledge officially that the Poles had indeed played a role in breaking Enigma. On July 12, 2001, a monument commemorating their contribution was installed on the grounds of Bletchley Park, Even so, it hardly did justice to the seminal nature of their work.”
Lynne Olson, Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

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