Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari

Paperback | August 5, 2008

byPat Shipman

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In 1917, the notorious Oriental dancer Mata Hari was arrested on the charge of espionage; less than one year later, she was tried and executed, charged with the deaths of at least 50,000 gallant French soldiers. The mistress of many senior Allied officers and government officials, even the French minister of war, she had a sharp intellect and a golden tongue fluent in several languages; she also traveled widely throughout war-torn Europe, with seeming disregard for the political and strategic alliances and borders. But was she actually a spy? In this persuasive new biography, Pat Shipman explores the life and times of the mythic and deeply misunderstood dark-eyed siren to find the truth.

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In 1917, the notorious Oriental dancer Mata Hari was arrested on the charge of espionage; less than one year later, she was tried and executed, charged with the deaths of at least 50,000 gallant French soldiers. The mistress of many senior Allied officers and government officials, even the French minister of war, she had a sharp intell...

Pat Shipman is the author of eight previous books, includingThe Man Who Found the Missing LinkandTaking Wing, which won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for science and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named aNew York TimesNotable Book for 1998. Her numerous awards and honors include the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize forThe W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.05 inPublished:August 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060817313

ISBN - 13:9780060817312

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“[E]ngrossing . . . casting Mata Hari’s rise and fall against the background of her life, the turmoil of World War I and, ultimately, the moral standards of the era. . . . Shipman teases out the details with a novelist’s skill.