From a young age, Josephine Baker knew that the world owed her more than what she was given. Born into poverty and racial segregation in Missouri, 1906, Josephine finds joy in singing, dancing and making people laugh. However, Josephine longs for freedom and equal rights. When a opportunity arises to dance in France, Josephine grabs it. Arriving in France, Josephine basks in the freedom to do as she pleases, go where she pleases and love who she pleases. Josephine embraces France, learns the language and rises as a star and cultural icon. When Hitler's influence threatens to destroy all that Josephine loves, she knows she must act and becomes a member of the Red Cross. Then, she is recruited as an honorable correspondent by the French Intelligence Service by Jacques Abtey, fulfilling her need to help her adopted country in a way only Josephine Baker can.
I have been a long time admirer of Josephine Baker and have read several other books about her life and impact during the war. Josephine: Singer, Dancer, Soldier Spy focuses mainly on her time serving as an honorable correspondent with Jacques Abtey. Throughout the story, the theme of freedom and equal rights shines through. The writing takes several large time hops before settling in World War II. It does take a while to get to know Josephine's character. Once Josephine arrives in France and begins her life as a spy, the story smooths out and I was pulled into the intrigue and suspense of her missions and I could feel the influence that Josephine held over people. I was amazed at Josephine's bravery, fortitude and ability to fight for what she believed in.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.