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Breakwater Book Talk: Peter Finn

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at Breakwater Books on Thursday, November 7that 7:00 PM for a discussion and signing with author Peter Finn and his book A Guest of the Reich. Reservations are required! Please make yours today by calling Breakwater Books at (203) 453-4141 or emailing us at
Gertrude “Gertie” Legendre was a big-game hunter from a wealthy industrial family who lived a charmed life in Jazz Age America. Her adventurous spirit made her the inspiration for the Broadway play Holiday, which became a film starring Katharine Hepburn. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Legendre, by then married and a mother of two, joined the OSS, the wartime spy organization that preceded the CIA. First in Washington and then in London, some of the most closely-held United States government secrets passed through her hands.
In A Guest of the Reich, Peter Finn tells the gripping story of how in 1944, while on leave in liberated Paris, Legendre was captured by the Germans after accidentally crossing the front lines. Subjected to repeated interrogations, including by the Gestapo, Legendre entered a daring game of lies with her captors. The Nazis treated her as a “special prisoner” of the SS and moved her from city to city throughout Germany, where she witnessed the collapse of Hitler’s Reich as no other American did. After six months in captivity, Legendre escaped into Switzerland.
A Guest of the Reich is a propulsive account of a little-known chapter in the history of World War II, as well as a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman.
Peter Finn is the co-author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for non-fiction. He is also the national security editor at The Washington Post. He joined the paper in 1995 from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and first worked in Virginia for the Metro section. Beginning in 1998, Finn spent 10 years overseas for the paper as the bureau chief in its Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow bureaus. In all, Finn has reported from more than 60 countries for The Post and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
In 2013, Finn was appointed national security editor and was part of a team of editors on the Pulitzer Prize-winning stories based on the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. He oversaw the reporting on Russian interference in the presidential election and its fallout that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.


November 7, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Breakwater Books
(203) 453-4141


Breakwater Books
81 Whitfield Street
Guilford, CT 06437 United States
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