Josephine Baker was one of the most famous women in the world during the 1920s. A music hall diva, renowned for her acting, singing and her legendary banana dance, she was the highest paid female performer in Europe at the time. But it was the Second World War that proved to be the making of her.
As Nazi forces seized Josephine’s adopted home of Paris, she was banned from the stage. Instead of fleeing to her native US, she vowed to stay and fight the evil that Nazism embodied. She became a heroine of the Resistance as one of London’s most closely-guarded special agents. Vowing to fight Hitler and Nazism to her last breath, Josephine Baker would spend her war years undercover, undergoing great personal sacrifice as a spy whose sheer audacity stunned the handful of people who knew of her work.
It was her experience during the war that lead to Josephine’s celebrated civil rights activism, yet it is a story that has inexplicably remained untold until now. Using newly-released and never-before-published material, bestselling author and historian Damien Lewis tells Josephine Baker’s riveting, inspirational and revelatory wartime story.
Sarah Harvey manages the translation rights for Agent Josephine