The World’s 30 Greatest Women Spies

Title:                      The World’s 30 Greatest Women Spies

Author:               Kurt D. Singer

Singer, Kurt D. (1951). The World’s 30 Greatest Women Spies. New York, W. Funk

LCCN:    51014051

UB270 .S56


  • Published in Britain as The World’s Greatest Women Spies (OCLC2946159, London: W. H. Allen)


Date Posted:      September 14, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

In this book, Singer, a prolific editor and compiler of espionage anthologies, has put together a collection of accounts of female spies who operated in various ports of the world from the thirties through World War II. Included are descriptions of the activities of Velvalee Dickinson, Lydia Von Stahl, and Mathilde-Lily Carre (for Mathilde’s own story see her I Was The Cat[2], cited in chapter 17, section B). Also included is an account of the activities of Baroness Anna Wolkoff, an agent of the intelligence arm of the Nazi party, who subverted Tyler Kent of the U.S. embassy’s communications security section in 1939-40.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 147

[2] Carré, Mathilde Bélard (1960). I Was “The Cat”: The Truth about The Most Remarkable Woman Spy Since Mata Hari—by Herself. London: Souvenir Press

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