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Peter Finn - 'A Guest of the Reich'

Gertrude "Gertie" Legendre was a society heiress from South Carolina who lived a charmed life during the 1920s and 1930s. But the attack on Pearl Harbor gave her a different focus and she joined the OSS. First in Washington and then in London, some of the most closely-held government secrets passed through her hands. As the Allies advanced into France in September 1944, she was ordered to Paris. Here, she fell into Nazi hands.  She was the only American woman in uniform to be captured by the Germans; her imprisonment among the Nazi elite and daring escape in 1945 comprise one of the more remarkable untold episodes of WWII. 

"It's better than anything Hollywood could invent." --Douglas Waller, author of Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage.

Peter Finn is the National Security Editor at The Washington Post. He is also the co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre's Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524747336
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Pantheon - September 24th, 2019

Washington Post Best Book of the Year

The dramatic story of a South Carolina heiress who joined the OSS and became the first American woman in uniform taken prisoner on the Western front—until her escape from Nazi Germany.