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Code Name Lise

The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

by Larry Loftis

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Code Name Lise by Larry Loftis
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    Jan 2019, 384 pages

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The extraordinary true story of the British spy who operated in occupied France and fell in love with her commanding officer during World War II.

Odette Sansom (1912 – 1995), a Frenchwoman married to a British man and living in the English countryside, left her three young daughters and a life of safety to join Great Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) during WWII. After training, she was inserted into German-controlled France to act as a courier. Code Name Lise is Larry Loftis's fascinating non-fiction account of how Sansom became WWII's most highly-decorated spy by the end of the war.

The book's heroine was undeniably a remarkable woman:

Odette Sansom didn't drink, smoke, or swear, and to the casual observer she was quite ordinary, perhaps even boring. Yet she was a trained killer. She feared neither danger nor dagger, interrogation nor torture. She didn't think twice about confronting German generals or commandants, and often placed principle before prudence. Like her SOE colleagues, she signed up for the...

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