From my list on rule-breaking, risk-taking, bad a$# women.
Who am I?
When I covered the White House as a young reporter I was always more interested in understanding what was happening in the upstairs residence than in what briefings we were getting from the president’s advisers in the Roosevelt Room. I was raised with the understanding that in the end everyone is equal and that no one, no matter how powerful they are, gets out of the human experience. I think that’s what makes me interested in iconic women, from Elizabeth Taylor to Betty Ford. There’s nothing I like better than reading their letters and trying to understand what made them tick, and how they navigated their complicated and very public lives.
Kate's book list on rule-breaking, risk-taking, bad a$# women
Why did Kate love this book?
Sonia Purnell vividly captures a pivotal place and time in world history.
She tells the story of Virginia Hall, a woman who became one of the most wanted Allied spies working behind enemy lines during World War II. Even with her prosthetic leg Hall was able to go undercover in Nazi-occupied France. (Before becoming a spy she accidentally shot herself in the foot and her left leg had to be amputated below the knee.)
During the war she had a network of more than a thousand people and helped the Allies reclaim France. President Truman wanted to honor her with a public ceremony – but she declined because she wanted to remain undercover. That kind of grit and modesty is one of the many reasons why this book, which reads like a spy thriller, is impossible to put down.
All the more so because Hall was not perfect, and she…