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The Life of WWII Spy Betty Pack

Read more about Betty Pack’s bravery, cunning, and sensual tactics in Howard Blum’s The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal (Harper, April 2016). Preorder now. The Life of WWII Spy Betty Pack April 29, 1930 ELIZABETH...

Publishers Weekly, The Last Goodnight

Read on Publishers Weekly: Passion fuels the missions of WWII secret agent “Cynthia,” aka Betty Pack (1910–1963), in this scrupulously researched profile of the “blonde Bond” from Vanity Fair contributing editor Blum (Dark Invasion). Taking advantage of access to...

Library Journal Review, The Last Goodnight

The Library Journal Review of The Last Goodnight. VERDICT Skillfully researched and entertainingly written, Blum’s narrative will appeal to both military buffs and those fascinated with the world of espionage. Journalist Blum (Dark Invasion) delivers a provocative...

Kirkus Review, The Last Goodnight

The Kirkus Review of The Last Goodnight. Fascinating portrait of an accidental but very effective female American spy at the fraught early stages of World War II. Vanity Fair contributing editor Blum (Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for...

Sexpionage in History and Film

What is sexpionage? If you’re reading this, you can almost certainly guess—and you’d be right. It’s using sexual attraction and pure animal magnetism as a tool to secure military, political, or other intel from opposing forces. It’s as ageless as love, as the world’s...

5 Famous Female WWII Spies

  These female spies are a few of the hundreds of dedicated women who gathered intelligence and fought for the allied troops during World War II, helping to bring an end to the Nazi rule of Europe.   Krystyna Skarbek was a Polish spy who smuggled airmen...

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