Sleeping with the enemy [electronic resource] : Coco Chanel's secret war / Hal Vaughan.
By: Vaughan, Hal.Material type: BookPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (xx, 279 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9780307957030 (electronic bk.); 0307957039 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Chanel, Coco, 1883-1971 | Fashion designers -- France -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Germany | Espionage, German -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sleeping with the enemy.DDC classification: 746.9/2092 Online resources: Click here to access title or place hold
Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-265) and index.
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 -- Comeback Coco.
"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.  of jacket.
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