Femme Fatale by Pat Shipman
Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari

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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.

 

About Pat Shipman

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Pat Shipman is the author of eight previous books, including "The Man Who Found the Missing Link" and "Taking Wing", which won the Phi Beta Kappa Prize for science and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and named a "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998. Her numerous awards and honors include the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize for "The Wisdom of the Bones" (written with Alan Walker). Her most recent book is "To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa". She is currently an adjunct professor of anthropology at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 466 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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A kangaroo court condemned Mata Hari based on documents that were probably altered by her French intelligence contact, who may have been a German spy himself.

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E xecuted as a German spy by the French in 1917, the notorious Mata Hari was born Margaretha Zelle in 1876, the spoiled daughter of a prosperous Dutch merchant who would later abandon her to the care of relatives after a humiliating bankruptcy and his wife's death.

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Open Letters Monthly

Yannick Murphy’s novel Signed, Mata Hari attempts to give our heroine a voice and, in theory, some autonomy in telling what is in many ways an exemplary tale of exploitation – of Mata Hari by her admirers and persecutors, and by Mata Hari of the Orientalist infatuation of her audience.

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