A Woman of No Importance

So was Virginia Hall, an American citizen (1906-1982),  a woman of no importance?   In many respects the US government saw her in those terms and worthy of “desk” jobs.  Quite a beautiful woman from a well to do family, she was supposed to live the good life, marry well and be a socialite.  Virginia saw it differently.  Always an adventurous spirit, Virginia suffered a devastating accident during a hunting trip.  She lost her leg and spent months recovering from it, in addition to numerous infections.  But she went on to become one of the most decorated and renowned women of World War 2.

In this non fiction account of Virginia’s life by author Sonia Purcell, we get more than a glimpse of Virginia’s (Diana, Madonna...aliases) Incredible career. Highly respected as an agent in the British agency and a strong force in the French Resistance, Virginia, with her spies, decoded and transmitted messages, freed prisoners and became a force that the Nazis wanted to eliminate.  After the war and back in the United States, she eventually worked at the CIA, but it never equalled what she had done in Europe.

I listened to this book and enjoyed it very much and I think you will find that she was truly a woman of great importance.