The fascinating story of the feisty French archaeologist who led the international effort to save ancient Egyptian temples from the floodwaters of the Aswan Dam, from the New York Times bestselling author of Madame Fourcade’s Secret War
"A brilliant, cinematic biography of resistance leader Marie-Madeleine Fourcade…[Lynne Olson’s] heart-stopping descriptions of Paris, escapes, and internecine warring create a narrative that’s as dramatic as a novel or film.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The nine books of history I’ve written all have a common thread. They focus on unsung heroes—people of courage and conscience who helped change their country and the world but who, for various reasons, have slipped through the cracks of history. Since seven of the books deal with war, specifically World War II, it’s not surprising that most of the heroes I’ve spotlighted have been men. My latest two books, however, are exceptions. Madame Fourcade’s Secret War is about a woman—a young mother of two who just happened to be the leader of France’s largest Allied spy network during World War II.
My new book, Empress of the Nile, which will be published February 28, 2023, follows in Madame Fourcade’s footsteps. It’s about another strong-willed, trailblazing, history-making Frenchwoman—an Egyptologist named Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt, who was responsible for the greatest archaeological rescue in history. In the months to come, I’ll be sharing more of her extraordinary story.
Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of nine books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called her “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.”