The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison involved breaking all of the norms within the society in which she was born.
Originally, Marguerite was a rich and respected Baltimore wife and mother. When her husband died, she was only 37. So she decided to live life to the fullest. First, she became a journalist. When World War I broke out, she volunteered to spy in Berlin and Russia for the United States government. After she was hired, she became the first female foreign agent that didn’t use her body to learn secrets. All before women in the United States even had the right to vote!
But there is more to Marguerite’s story! She was imprisoned in a Russian jail, where she may, or may not, have become a double agent. Generally, Marguerite is not a very sympathetic character. But, of course, this is not fiction. She must be taken as she comes—flaws and all. The Liberation of Marguerite Harrison is so well written that I frequently forgot this is a true story. If you want to read about a woman who squeezed adventure out of life like an orange, read this book. 4 stars!
Thanks to Naval Institute Press and Edelweiss+ for a copy in exchange for my honest review.