coming from simon & schuster in 2020

codename badass

How Virginia Hall Became the Nazi’s Most Wanted Spy, Armed the French Resistance, and Fell in Love Behind Enemy Lines

 
 
 

This upcoming feminist pop biography of WWII amputee spy Virginia Hall is told in a Code Name Verity meets Drunk History style, and tells the story of the woman whom the Gestapo called 'the most dangerous of all Allied spies.'

Photo courtesy of Lorna Catling

Photo courtesy of Lorna Catling

Virginia Hall is a clerk of…unbounded ambition, a lack of appreciation of her own limitations, and a most praiseworthy determination. She also lacks common sense and good judgment…She is not good material for a career service because she lacks judgment, background, good sense, and discriminatory powers. She also talks too much.

~ J. Klahr Huddle, Former US Ambassador to Burma



Shut up. That’s just about the most stupid idea I ever heard.

~ Virginia Hall


Virginia Hall in Drunk History’s “Spies” episode, played by Alia Shawkat - hilarious! Her bit starts at 9:08 into the episode

Virginia Hall in Drunk History’s “Spies” episode, played by Alia Shawkat - hilarious! Her bit starts at 9:08 into the episode


“I would give anything to lay my hands on that…bitch.”

— ~ Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo “Butcher of Lyon” on Virginia Hall evading the Nazis, 1942