The daring missions of America's World War II intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), are the stuff of legend, yet the contributions made by the 4,000 women—including Julia Child and Marlene Dietrich—who served in the OSS are largely unheralded. To tell their fascinating stories, McIntosh, a veteran of sensitive OSS and CIA operations, draws on her own experiences and on interviews with more than 100 OSS women who served all over the world. Captured in rich detail are the riveting tales of clandestine spies, saboteurs, cryptographers, cartographers, analysts, and experts in propaganda, recruiting, and communications, along with the less visible but no less important drivers and secretaries. The book was first published in 1998 to great reviews.
Elizabeth P. McIntosh was a war correspondent under Adm. Chester Nimitz when she joined the OSS in 1943, conducting morale operations against the Japanese in Burma and China. She worked for the CIA after the war. The author of Undercover Girl, she lives in Woodbridge, VA.
"An enthralling tribute to the largely unsung Mata Haris who worked undercover to help win the war, told with aplomb by one of their own." –Publishers Weekly