The Last Goodnight

The Last Goodnight

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

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Time magazine called her "the Mata Hari of Minnesota"; OSS Chief general "Wild Bill" Donovan called her "the greatest unsung heroine of the war." But for decades, the extent of Betty Pack's achievements as an agent during World War II, first for Britain's MI6 and then for America's OSS, remained classified. Now, the truth about this femme fatale--her dangerous liaisons and death-defying missions, the heartaches that haunted her life, her vital contributions to the Allied victory--forms a narrative more thrilling than fiction. Betty Pack was charming, beautiful, and extremely intelligent: these qualities would prove crucial to her success as a spy. It was a vocation she fell into almost by accident, but she turned out to be a consummate professional. Using the code name "Cynthia," she seduced diplomats and military attachés across the globe in exchange for crucial secrets, but her missions went far beyond the bedroom. She repeatedly risked her life to secure coveted documents, such as the Polish codebooks that proved key to Alan Turing's success with Operation Ultra. Bestselling author Howard Blum masterfully spins Betty's triumphs, the trail of broken hearts she left in her wake, and her brushes with death into a suspenseful saga of wartime espionage.-- Adapted from dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062307675
0062307673
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 Bl
Characteristics: xvii, 509 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Betty Pack, "the Mata Hari of Minnesota," used her charm and beauty to spy on the Axis powers for both Britain and America. Nonfiction.


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cknightkc
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?

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chloecat
Oct 16, 2016

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

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EmilyEm
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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