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Arthur J. Magida Virtual Book Launch: Code Name Madeleine (In Conversation with Ruby Lal)

The Ivy Bookshop is glad to present virtual versions of our scheduled book launches this summer. We hope you will tune in! On June 24, Arthur J. Magida presents his captivating new book, Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi-Occupied Paris, the story of the valiant Noor Inayat Khan, daughter of an Indian Sufi mystic and unlikely World War II heroine.

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We have signed bookplates and a coded message from the author with special spy glasses available for each copy pre-ordered or sold at this event! 

About the Book: 

Raised in a lush suburb of 1920s Paris, Noor Inayat Khan was an introspective musician and writer, dedicated to her family and to her father’s spiritual values of harmony, beauty, and tolerance. She did not seem destined for wartime heroism. Yet, faced with the evils of Nazi violence and the German occupation of France, Noor joined the British Special Operations Executive and trained in espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance. She returned to Paris under an assumed identity immediately before the Germans mopped up the Allies’ largest communications network in France. For crucial months of the war, Noor was the only wireless operator there sending critical information to London, significantly aiding the success of the Allied landing on D-Day. Code-named Madeleine, she became a high-value target for the Gestapo. When she was eventually captured, Noor attempted two daring escapes before she was sent to Dachau and killed just months before the end of the war.

Carefully distilled from dozens of interviews, newly discovered manuscripts, official documents, and personal letters, Code Name Madeleine is both a compelling, deeply researched history and a thrilling tribute to Noor Inayat Khan, whose courage and faith guided her through the most brutal regime in history.

About the Authors:

Arthur J. Magida, the author of Code Name Madeleine, is a resident of Baltimore and former senior editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. An award-winning journalist, his books include The Nazi SéanceThe Rabbi and the Hit Man, and Prophet of Rage: A Life of Louis Farrakhan and His Nation. Formerly a professor at Georgetown University and the University of Baltimore, he has been a consultant for several PBS documentaries and to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a columnist for Beliefnet.com, a contributing correspondent to PBS's "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly," editorial director of Jewish Lights Publishing, and environmental reporter for National Journal. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, Travel & Leisure, The Jerusalem Report, Tikkun and the Boston Globe, Geo, Islands and Historic Preservation magazines.

Ruby Lal is an acclaimed historian of India and a professor of South Asian History at Emory University. She is the author of Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur JahanDomesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. She divides her time between Atlanta and Delhi.






Event Details

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 6:30pm



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