by Damien Lewis
Josephine Baker, American-born French dancer, singer, and actress, is well known as the first black woman to start in a major motion picture. This new book uncovers a little-known aspect of her life: working as a spy for the British during WWII. 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. “One of the greatest and most successful women in espionage was legendary African American entertainer Josephine Baker, who used her charm, intelligence, and sheer bravado as a key member serving the French resistance during WWII.” ~ Booklist. The book is set to be adapted for a miniseries starring Janelle Monáe.
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