History novels, thrillers among best of 2019



January 8, 2020 - 9:42 AM

As is my wont, my January book column is a look back at my favorites among books I read in 2019. My tastes tend to run to history or — for fiction — thrillers, and this year is no exception.

First up are the history books. “A Woman of No Importance” is the fascinating story of Virginia Hall, an American who ran one of the most successful spy networks in Nazi-occupied and Vichy France during World War II — and with a wooden leg and limp, no less.

A fresh look at the Normandy invasion is given by “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy” by Giles Milton. Some important facets of the invasion which are rarely included in D-Day accounts are brought out in the book.

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