Bright Shades

A New Historical Non-Fiction Book About Spy Women from Ancient Times to Present Days
Narrated by: Jessica Mathison
Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: History, World
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The work of a spy-woman is very different from that of a man.

First, on the one hand it is easier, because you are less likely to be suspected of intelligence activities. On the other hand, it was harder for female spies, because they were required to gain the trust of high-ranking officials or people of power, by using their beauty, skills of seduction, and by attempting to make the person fall in love with them, so that they revealed their secrets. It could destroy destinies, but it was extremely useful for states and governments. 

The most famous female spies in human history, beautiful and dangerous. 

Who are they?

©2019 Sara Blakely (P)2020 Sara Blakely

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The spy nonfiction book, a compilation of spy wom

After going through the reviews, I was pretty sure about the content in theespionage booknonfiction- ‘Spy Women.’The book gives an account of the brave women who excelled in this male-dominated field. However, I found the book is short of much vital information, which is essential to make the book a complete reference. I think the author could have provided some significant information to spice up the book further. Overall the author did a justifiable job by presenting all most all famous Spy Women in a small format. I would definitely suggest this book for anyone who wants to learn about the women who tasted success in offbeat careers.

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A lot of chilling spy actions in the espionage boo

Being an army veteran and an enthusiastic reader, I stumbled upon this spy nonfiction bookwhile searching for some interesting books. Reading the accounts of these brave women, I could really relate to my yesteryears and during my mission days in Iraq. However, I can say with confidence that nowhere are our difficulties compared to the ones these brave women needed to face in those days. All the reconnaissance missions they took up were extremely dangerous even by today’s standards. And these women managed to perform them, without any extended support that is available to the field agents out there nowadays. I enjoyed it!

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Handy reference since help screen are not usually available, includes sytnax variations and different SQL types.

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An exciting collection of spy women stories in a s

I was looking for some articles and stories related to women representation in the yesteryears for my journalism article as part of my study project. While researching for the same, I came across this espionage book, nonfiction genre. Reading through the first few chapters, I realized that this book could be a valuable source for my article. I have referred a few warriors in the ‘Spy Women' book, and I got a lot of appreciation from my professor. I really enjoyed reading this book and referred this book to my friends. Some of the accounts of these brave women gave me goosebumps while reading. I would suggest all women out there to read it once! It would provide you proud moments and feeling to revere with.

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A well-documented espionage book with real facts

I am an enthusiastic spy nonfiction book reader. I got to know from my friends a new book which enlists the thrilling accounts of the brave women who had taken up spying along with their front office career.I could see these types of characters in the movies only and this book didn’t put my expectations down.I can’t imagine how these brave hearts managed to get past the patriarchic behavior of men in those times and succeed. These women outsmarted men, and it was surprising to learn the way how they carried out the mission successfully. Worth reading and hats off to the author!

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Rich with unbelievable espionage incidents

A refreshing account of all those great women who have helped shaped the world. I didn’t know there were so many women secret police agents, who sweated every moment of their life living their life at laser point. The interesting facts about these ladies were that most of them were highly qualified and could have led a comfortable life without choosing the dangerous profession.
Actually, I was not a fan of espionage book, and I accidentally start reading this when my wife suggested about its contents, and I am thankful to her for the same. We could see that some ladies choose this profession because of their political alienation and simply due to their patriotism. The courage of these ladies deserves felicitation.

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A Mesmerizing spy nonfiction book

A reasonably good book which accounts for the stories of all the great women who made their career stand out in this male-dominated field. Though there are many books on espionage book nonfiction, the author has made a good point of including all the essential persons in this narrative.The stories are often hair-raising, because of its true nature.
The book is short and crisp. There is not much laagering, and the author never tried to spoil our precious time. It is a fitting reply to critics that women cannot shine in the male-dominated espionage field. Many of the women in the spy book, cunningly used their feminine charm to lure their victim into making their mission success.

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Best nonfiction espionage book

I know we had several winter days, but I finished this spy nonfiction book in two sittings - couldn't put it down. I have read a couple of books on the woman spy genre, but the way the writer has put it down makes one goes on reading without any stop. I am amazed by the accounts of women who work in this field as I can never be like they were!
It was an exciting chapter of the history with unexpected events and shed light to understand how effectively women took the responsibility to meet challenges of the time when it was crucial especially during those WWII periods.

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A fairly written espionage book

A reasonably good book to read during leisure time. I was searching for something quirky to read on, and this book seemed to be a good option. The prologue was good, and that intrigued me to read further. I do read espionage books on nonfiction, so this was an excellent book to read and understand about original women spies. Also, the stories of real woman spies are refreshing since we do not have many books on this genre. So, it comes as a welcome change. I would definitely recommend this as a onetime read for all spy novels enthusiasts who want to encounter the real-time espionage actions.

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An Amazing Spy Nonfiction Book

I was searching fora thriller to read this vacation, and I came across Spy Women Book. Being a spy nonfiction book, initially, I was hesitant to go ahead with this book since I thought the book would be dealing with fictional characters. However, the author has done a good work by rightly narrating real-time incidents, climaxes as it deemed necessary for making the book keep the readers hooked. It is interesting to note that all the characters projected in the book were real heroines, who had sacrificed their lives for what they believed. Overall a great book with a lot of engaging real-time experiences.

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  • 01-10-20

Optimum famous women biographies no one should mis

If you are an ardent reader and searching for a book which can inspire you, then you should take a look at the life of women spies by reading this book. This book gives detailed information about some of thefamous women in world history,and their involvement in espionage actions. The book will keep you alluringly engaged until the end, mainly because of the writing style. You can take a look into the harsh life of these ladies and get to realize how they could accomplish the missions. Indeed, it is one of the best espionage action books with real-time encounters.

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  • 01-10-20

The writer has brought alive some of the famous wo

Unlike the other famous women biographies, this one is about a seldom talked topic of espionage, which makes this book different from the others. ‘Spy Women’ is a book which has brought alive the famous women spies. I have heard about some of the spies from history, and this is the reason why I felt attracted towards this book.

It is concise in style, and you will find it is easy reading. This book is so mesmerizingly written; no sooner did I started reading it; all the characters of the book began living their lives in front of my eyes.

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  • Dylan G Stokes
  • 01-10-20

One of the best famous women biographies

I love listening books and read many books that depict famous women in society and their sacrifices. But until reading Spy Women book, these characters I saw in the movies were fictional only. Now I can say with confidence that, yes, they were in different ranks, who sacrificed their lives as part of the espionage activities.

It is not possible for every book to make you feel proud and excited at the same time. But with this one, you will be going to enjoy both. This one describes famous women in world history in a very detailed manner and makes you realize how dedicated were these spy women in their work.

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  • 01-10-20

An exciting book which describes the life of famou

I loved reading this book. It is lovely to see a consolidated spy women activity in a book, and this one has included the famous women biographies and their espionage activities most appealingly. The writer has selected 27 women spies who worked for their respective countries during the war or put their weight behind their political views, and the life of some of these spies are genuinely enough to inspire you. I am so happy that I read this book and got a chance to know some of the great historical women. I want to recommend this book to all the readers in the world.

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  • 01-10-20

Fascinating women biographies for listener

If you belong to the category of readers who enjoy reading a book which can fill with excitement and also give a strong message to the society, then the Spy Women book is the right one you should read. Written in a compelling language, the Spy Women book also gives a striking message about the capabilities of women and what they can do to serve their nation or supporting their political view.

Based on the sensitive issue of espionage, this book is a tribute to all those ladies who left their home to serve their respective countries or support their political views. Holding the biographies of famous women in world history, you can enjoy reading ‘Spy Women’ the most.

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  • Louise S Sharpe
  • 01-10-20

Must-listen Book About the Famous Women

All those who want to read something exciting should give a try to this fantastic book. This book reveals how these extraordinary ladies did their work in a world where women spying on another nation is a matter of fiction as we can see movies. This one encompasses famous women biographies and describes the same in the best possible way. It kept me engrossed till the time I finish listening it.

If you are looking forward to reading something which can give you chills and keep you amazed, then you should read this superbly astonishing Spy Women book.

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  • Callum I Baker
  • 01-10-20

An inspirational book of famous women in world hi

It is a single book which has included so many famous women biographies,and it narrates the struggle they had during the dangerous missions. Being a woman, I felt inspired when I got to know that from so many years women were involved in the dangerous task and now with this book, I got to see that it was the reality and will continue the same. The book profoundly tells us about their fights for the work and their dedication towards accomplishing the tasks entrusted to them.

I am happy to remark here that with this book I could know about the active part women had played in espionage activities since the 15th century.

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  • Morgan J Vincent
  • 01-10-20

An exciting book filled with famous women biograph

After listening the Spy Women book, I certainly appreciate the way it delivers the story describing some of the great women spies. It is good to learn about the life of some renowned spy ladies from the 15th century to the 21st century. This book has covered almost every famous woman in world history and their espionage act. The book beautifully describes the spy women and how they have done this extraordinary task with full dedication and bravery.

Also, I can confidently rank this book as the best one in the spy genre, and the way it has written makes me feel excited about the life of all those spy women.

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  • Samantha J Gould
  • 01-10-20

Historical Biographies Spy Women

The Spy Women book deals with 27 spies who were part of the political history starting from the 15th century to the Cold War era. The spy activities were quite intense during the WWWII as the industrial revolution started blooming, and every nation wanted to take advantages from the technological advancement their enemy countries made.
The 27 historically famous women, were part of a susceptible operation at different times. It was surprising to note that even during the 15th century there used to have espionage activities and women played a pivotal role in establishing or dethroning a kingdom. In most espionage cases narrated in the book, we can find that women did spying for not money. It shows the commitment of the women and how they risked their lives to keep their loyalty towards a particular political faith or ruler. The author did a commendable job collating different stories in a single book.

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  • Erin L Wall
  • 01-10-20

The Art Of Espionage Revealed Through Historical B

Spycraft is an ancient art practiced and perfected for centuries often employed by police/military department to extract information about their enemy country. Women spies have played decisive roles in shaping and directing many historical events especially wartime events. The book Spy Women is an exciting way of introducing readers to the world of espionage through tales of historically famous women spies.
I liked the strategy adopted by the book to club together with many women spies and their stories rather than dedicating an entire book on a single individual. This approach helps to broaden the sphere of knowledge and generates more interest to investigate these women in detail.