Sleeping With the Enemy

Sleeping With the Enemy

Coco Chanel's Secret War

eBook - 2011 | 1st ed.
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"The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover Dincklage. And how, despite the French court's opening a case concerning Chanel's espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself--and rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel."--P. [3] of jacket.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307957030
0307957039
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 279 p.) : ill.
Contents: Metamorphosis
Gabrielle becomes Coco
The scent of a woman
Coco's golden duke
A Hollywood divertissement
Exit Paul, enter Spatz
And then the war came
Paris occupied
Chanel a refugee
Dincklage meets Hitler; Chanel becomes an Abwehr agent
Checkmated by the Wertheimers
A mission for Himmler
Coco's luck
Comeback Coco.
Summary: "The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover Dincklage. And how, despite the French court's opening a case concerning Chanel's espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself--and rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel."--P. [3] of jacket.

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patcarstensen
Apr 22, 2018

I thought from the subtitle that it was about resisting from an intimate connection with the enemy, so I was somewhat disappointed, but still found this a fascinating book.

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