Academic journal article Military Review

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS

Academic journal article Military Review

Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS

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SISTERHOOD OF SPIES- The Women of the OSS by Elizabeth P. MacIntosh. 304 pages. Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD. 1998. $29.95.

World War II is "hot" again. However, the popular subject's focus is still mainly on men-the blockbuster movie, Saving Private Ryan (Dreamworks Home Entertainment, Universal City, CA, 1999, $24.99); Stephen Ambrose's various histories based on extensive interviews of World War II veterans; and several other best sellers by nationally recognized personalities, such as newsman Tom Brokaw, who highlights the accomplishments of the Depression-era generation in his book The Greatest Generation (Random House, New York, 1998,$24.95).

Sisterhood of Spies by Elizabeth P. MacIntosh attempts to rectify the situation, although it focuses predominantly on civilian women within the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), not the smaller military contingent.

It is a is fascinating book. MacIntosh combines historical narrative, case studies and oral histories to trace both the development of the OSS and women's expanding roles within the agency, ending with a description of how that tradition has affected the missions women currently perform in the CIA. Despite its title, the book does not take up women as operatives-spies--detailing German positions or blowing up bridges, although women did indeed function in those roles.

Macintosh, an OSS operative, served primarily in Asia. She used those experiences in her memoir Undercover Girl (published in 1947 under the name Elizabeth P. …

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