Review: A Code Name and a Secret Life as a WWII Spy

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By Larry Loftis

Reviewed by: Carol Rollie Flynn, Cipher Brief Expert and Former Assoc. Deputy Director, National Counterterrorism Center, CIA.  Currently CEO & Managing Director, Singa Consulting

Code Name: LISE: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Decorated Spy, Gallery Books, January 15, 2019

Early in Larry Loftis’ fascinating new book, we learn that Odette Samson was a sickly child with no extraordinary ambitions, a surprising beginning for the woman who would go on to become Britain’s most decorated WWII spy.  Recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), Britain’s WWII secret intelligence and sabotage organization, Odette operated as a courier inside German occupied France, a perilous occupation with a 42 percent fatality rate, exceeded on the Allied side only by the Bomber Command’s death rate of 45 percent.

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