Join our host David Hartmann and fellow Columbia alumni as the book club discusses The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville by Clare Mulley selected by club member Dr. John Kulczycki.
“Christine Granville was one of the bravest, toughest and strangest secret agents of World War II. Her feats of derring-do included acting as a courier in Nazi-occupied Europe, parachuting into France in support of the Allied invasion and rescuing three of her comrades from certain execution. She was said to be Winston Churchill’s favorite spy — a considerable accolade given how much Britain’s wartime prime minister liked spies. Her obscurity is the consequence of her gender (spy history is notoriously sexist), her nationality (she was Polish, and Communist Poland did not encourage praise of British spies) and above all her character. She was a complex and mysterious individual. She survived the war only to be murdered by an obsessed former lover in the lobby of a London hotel. As Clare Mulley reveals in her admirable and overdue biography The Spy Who Loved, Granville was not a straightforward personality, and all the more fascinating for that.” - Ben Macintyre
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: Zoom Video Conference