Title: Only Woman in the Room, The
Authors: Benedict, Marie
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 247
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: Hedy Lamarr possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis ... if anyone would listen to her. [Taken from book blurb, Hodder & Stoughton Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I don't usually like ficitonalised stories of a real person's life, but this is extremely interesting."

"Fascinating. The author has a good writing style."

"Almost unbelievable account of how women's intellect and achievements have been overlooked."

"It gives an excellent portrait of Hitler and Mussolini between the wars."

"I'd barely heard of Hedy Lamarr, but this book gave me an insight into a complex, intelligent, inventive and clever woman, determined to do her best for the world."

"It was fascinating to learn about her frequency-hopping invention."

"The writing style was easy to read and absorbing."

"I think the book would be an excellent catalyst for discussion."

Categories: Fiction, War theme, Grief/loss, Historical, Political, Science & Technology, Social commentary/perspectives, Austria, America, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon


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