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Author Vaughan, Hal, 1928-
Title Sleeping with the enemy : Coco Chanel's secret war / Hal Vaughan.
Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011.
Book Cover
LOCATION CALL # STATUS
 Floor3  TT505.C45 V38 2011    IN LIBRARY
  
Edition 1st ed.
Description xx, 279 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-265) and index.
Contents Metamorphosis : Gabrielle becomes Coco -- The scent of a woman -- Coco's golden duke -- A Hollywood divertissement -- Exit Paul, enter Spatz -- And then the war came -- Paris occupied : Chanel, a refugee -- Dincklage meets Hitler, Chanel becomes an Abwehr agent -- Checkmated by the Wertheimers -- A mission for Himmler -- Coco's luck -- Come back Coco.
Summary "The book pieces together how Coco Chanel became a German intelligence operative; how and why she was enlisted in a number of spy missions; how she escaped arrest in France after the war, despite her activities being known to the Gaullist intelligence network; how she fled to Switzerland for a nine-year exile with her lover Dincklage. And how, despite the French court's opening a case concerning Chanel's espionage activities during the war, she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and triumphantly resurrect and reinvent herself--and rebuild what has become the iconic House of Chanel."--P. [3] of jacket.
Subject Chanel, Coco, 1883-1971.
Fashion designers -- France -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Germany.
Espionage, German -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0307592634 (hardcover)
9780307592637 (hardcover)
Standard # 40019806448
OCLC number 724648745