International spies aren’t only men. In the new book Agente: Female Secret Agents in World Wars, Cold Wars and Civil Wars by Douglas Boyd, these secret agents are revealed. This book doesn’t just focus on American spies, in fact most of the agents described are from groups like the USSR and Europe.
Being a Secret Agent was no easy task during some of the major wars this world has faced. Female soldiers were asked to seduce soldiers and politicians. Some divorced their husbands and married other to follow orders. Some stole nuclear secrets, while others gathered intelligence while still raising a family to avoid suspicion. Boyd’s book explores what drove these agents to follow such a dangerous career path. For some it was love, others revenge, and for many it was patriotism.
Female agents saved thousands of lives, gathered important intelligence, and helped end disastrous skirmishes. Agente: Female Secret Agents in World Wars, Cold Wars and Civil Waris a great place to start to read about their contributions.
Agente: Female Secret Agents in World Wars, Cold Wars and Civil War is now available from The History Press.