The Fatal Lover: Mata Hari and the Myth of Women in Espionage
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"Good secondary source" according to A. Luna. Used this book as a source for my last paper of my graduate work. Information is a little better then an encyclopedia. Good bibliography.
Margaretha Zelle MacLeod--daughter of a bankrupt Dutch hat- seller and divorced from an abusive Army captain whose posts took the couple to Java and Sumatra--reinvented herself in Paris in 1904. (Sixteen b&w illustrations) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. With her exotic Orientalist persona, her free spending, her penchant for older men in uniform (and her reliance on their monetary gifts), Mata Hari fit the model of celebrated fin-de-siŠcle courtesan--but after the outbreak of WW I, these same attributes made her suspect. Stronger as biography than as feminist cultural history--and it's too bad that this book (published in England in 1992) wasn't updated to include Britain's new female Secret Service chief at work--at her desk. Despite months of surveillance, though
The book offers the general reader an introduction to the world of espionage, together with insights into the nature of treachery, patriotic hysteria and the perpetuation of the idea of the seductive and dangerous temptress. The author also wrote "s and Military Maidens".. More than 70 years after her death, Mata Hari is still a household name throughout the Western world. This is a biography of the Dutch hat-maker's daughter who was executed for espionage after a secret trial during the darkest days of World War I. It examines the myths and fantasies that have grown up around the woman portrayed on screen by such talents as Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo; and it asks questions about the reality of women's role in the exclusive and hidden world of espionage and the way in which the life of Margaretha Zelle McLeod has been mythologized into that of "Mata Hari" - Malay for "rising sun"