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From the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island comes the dramatic, little-known story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamor, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II.

Travels from: Washington, DC

Much like Madame Fourcade herself, Olson goes to great lengths to unearth truth and preserve dignity for those who lived and died during Hitler’s reign of terror—and for that, both the author and her daring subject deserve high praise.
— Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
 

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of eight books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.”

Her latest book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against the Nazis, was published by Random House on March 5, 2019, and is the little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II. The book was an immediate New York Times bestseller and is being developed by Steven Spielberg and his Amblin production company as a feature film.

Two of Olson’s previous books, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, were also New York Times bestsellers. Those Angry Days was named by the New York Times and Kirkus as one of the best books of 2013. Citizens of London was selected by the American Library Association as one of its top nonfiction books in 2010. It was also included on Amazon’s list of best books of the year.

Born in Hawaii, Olson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a journalist for ten years, first with the Associated Press as a national feature writer in New York, a foreign correspondent in AP’s Moscow bureau, and a political reporter in Washington. She left the AP to join the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House.

An engaging speaker, Lynne Olson has lectured at many private and government organizations, universities and colleges, and libraries. Olson lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Stanley Cloud, with whom she co-authored two books.


Talks and Topics

  • Madame Fourcade’s Secret War - Author Presentation

  • Last Hope Island - Author Presentation

  • Those Angry Days - Author Presentation

  • Citizens of London - Author Presentation

  • 20th Century Leaders and Their Lessons for Today

  • The Varying Arts of Leadership: Roosevelt & Churchill

  • The “Special Relationship”: How America and Britain Worked Together to Win World War II

  • Brexit and World War II

  • Women and Resistance in World War II



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