The Last Goodnight

The Last Goodnight

A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal

eBook - 2016
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The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Dark Invasion, channels Erik Larson and Ben Macintyre in this riveting biography of Betty Pack, the dazzling American debutante who became an Allied spy during WWII and was hailed by OSS chief General "Wild Bill" Donovan as "the greatest unsung heroine of the war."

Betty Pack was charming, beautiful, and intelligent--and she knew it. As an agent for Britain's MI-6 and then America's OSS during World War II, these qualities proved crucial to her success. This is the remarkable story of this "Mata Hari from Minnesota" (Time) and the passions that ruled her tempestuous life--a life filled with dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions vital to the Allied victory.

For decades, much of Betty's career working for MI-6 and the OSS remained classified. Through access to recently unclassified files, Howard Blum discovers the truth about the attractive blond, codenamed "Cynthia," who seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for ciphers and secrets; cracked embassy safes to steal codes; and obtained the Polish notebooks that proved key to Alan Turing's success with Operation Ultra.

Beneath Betty's cool, professional determination, Blum reveals a troubled woman conflicted by the very traits that made her successful: her lack of deep emotional connections and her readiness to risk everything. The Last Goodnight is a mesmerizing, provocative, and moving portrait of an exceptional heroine whose undaunted courage helped to save the world.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2016.
ISBN: 9780062307798
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Dec 08, 2018

Having read Cast No Shadow by Mary Lovell, the earlier book about Betty Pack's almost unbelievable life, I think I prefer it. Last Goodnight appears to have more recently declassified documentation about her life, but framing it around her last rendezvous, a trip through Ireland with a former lover who was hoping to profit from writing a book about her life, when she was already ill with her terminal cancer, casts a more novelistic tone that I didn't care for. Lovell's book is more truly biographical. But both books are very readable!

Mar 27, 2017

THE LAST GOODNIGHT provides an intriguing glimpse into the world of espionage during WWII. It covers the life and career of the until now little-known socialite, femme fatale, and spy, Betty Pack. Author Howard Blum takes an unsympathetic look at this complex, morally bankrupt heroine while documenting her missions/exploits, and ultimately recognizing her invaluable contributions toward the Allied victory. A little slow at the beginning and a little too long, this well-researched work of non-fiction reads like a suspense novel with just enough “sensationalism” to keep one engaged. Can a feature film be far behind?

Oct 16, 2016

She might have been a great spy, but seemed to lack warmth and was very narcissistic .

Aug 13, 2016

Blum writes an engaging biography of an American woman married to a British diplomat who thrived as a spy for the British during WW II.

Amazing and well-documented! The Minnesota connection I’d heard about is pretty thin.

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