Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Lewis, Damien

Agent Josephine: American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy

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The New Yorker, Best Books of 2022
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Booklist, Best Books of 2022

Singer. Actress. Beauty. Spy. During WWII, Josephine Baker, the world's richest and most glamorous entertainer, was an Allied spy in Occupied France.

Prior to World War II, Josephine Baker was a music-hall diva renowned for her singing and dancing, her beauty and sexuality; she was the highest-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city, Paris, she was banned from the stage, along with all "negroes and Jews." Yet instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight, she went from performer to Resistance spy.

In Agent Josephine, bestselling author Damien Lewis uncovers this little-known history of the famous singer's life. During the war years, as a member of the French Nurse paratroopers--a cover for her spying work--Baker participated in numerous clandestine activities and emerged as a formidable spy. In turn, she was a hero of the three countries in whose name she served--the US, France, and Britain.

Drawing on a plethora of new historical material and rigorous research, including previously undisclosed letters and journals, Lewis upends the conventional story of Josephine Baker, explaining why she fully deserves her unique place in the French Panthéon.

Author: Damien Lewis
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Published: 07/12/2022
Pages: 496
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.69lbs
Size: 9.58h x 6.27w x 1.58d
ISBN: 9781541700666


Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/02/2022
Library Journal 06/01/2022 pg. 154
Kirkus Reviews 06/01/2022
Booklist 06/01/2022 pg. 15
Shelf Awareness 07/29/2022

About the Author
Damien Lewis is an award-winning writer who spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones for the BBC and other global news organizations. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, many of which are being adapted into films or television series, including military history, thrillers, and several acclaimed memoirs about military working dogs. Lewis lives in Dorset, England.

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