Sisterhood of Spies

The Women of the OSS
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Published:March 1, 2009
By Elizabeth P. McIntosh (Author)

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.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Espionage/Intelligence
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (March 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1591145147
  • ISBN-13: 9781591145141
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
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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.

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Remarkable memoirs of women spies
Thursday, April 16, 2009
By: Joel Rudy
On a recent flight to Los Angeles, my neighbor noticed my unopened copy of "Sisterhood of Spies" and quipped - "There were women in the OSS? They were all clerks, right?" Little did I know the full scope of what they had accomplished until I had finished the book. Thanks to Elizabeth McIntosh for keeping alive the history of these courageous women in this incredible book. Elizabeth McIntosh and her sisters in arms served in the back offices and on the front lines - this book will open your eyes to many of the contributions of the courageous women in Intelligence Service. "Sisterhood of Spies" is a great read and a real tribute to the women who served in the fore-runner of today's CIA.


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