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The Only Woman in the Room Hardcover – 8 January 2019
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The New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!She 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. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece. Other Bestselling Historical Fiction from Marie Benedict:The Mystery of Mrs. ChristieLady ClementineCarnegie's MaidThe Other Einstein
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Marie Benedictis a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms and for Fortune 500 companies. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in history and art history and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. Marie, the author of The Other Einstein, Carnegie's Maid, The Only Woman in the Room, and Lady Clementine, views herself as an archaeologist of sorts, telling the untold stories of women. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
- Publisher : Sourcebooks Landmark (8 January 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 254 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492666866
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492666868
- Item Weight : 454 g
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 2.36 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #595,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Judy A. Radano
Many omissions and falsehoodsReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 27 February 2019
I can't say enough about how disappointing I found this book. I recommended it for my book group and led the discussion. As I read, I wanted to hurl the book across the room many times. I knew that Hedy Lamarr was a beautiful, complicated and brilliant woman. That she had escaped from a war torn Europe and possessed a genius mind behind her stunning looks. The first four fifths of the book covered her abusive relationship with her first husband, an inaccurate relationship with her parents (yes, she was close to her father and her mother was cold, but they never went along with her decision to marry her munitions mogul suitor), descriptions of her costumes and jewels, the controversy over her nude scenes and simulated orgasm in her first movie, her escape to America and, finally, finally, her invention of broad spectrum technology for which she received no recognition during her lifetime. The book failed to mention that she tinkered with inventions all during her adult life, that the baby she "adopted" because he was an infant refugee from Europe was really her biological son, or that she died a meth addict because she, like many studio stars of that time, was fed uppers and downers so she could work slave hours for the film moguls. While it listed some of her most famous roles, it failed to even mention her most acclaimed and well-known movie, the one that won several oscars, "Samson and Delilah," which co-starred Victor Mature. In short, here was a woman who yearned to be taken seriously all her life and then was given short shrift by this poorly written novel. I kept going back to the professional critic's reviews and just can't understand why they are favorable. Lamarr's story is so compelling and captivating. What a great book it could have been.
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Mrs. B. A. Smith
This book will not be what you expect!Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 10 April 2019
I have given this book 3 out of 4 stars. If I could have given it 3.5 stars, I would have, but that wasn't possible. I don't, off hand, know if I have watched a film with Hedy Lamarr in it, I may have done, but none comes to mind. Likewise, her physical appearance doesn't come to mind either...a bit before my time maybe? Although, the book was well researched and interesting in parts, there were other parts that seem to go on and on, if only I could have taken those parts out, or squashed them together, the book wouldn't have suffered from the midway slump that it did.
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An amazing storyReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 23 December 2019
I knew of Hedy Lamarr’s inventiveness and particularly her patent of what became spread spectrum technology, so I was extremely keen to read about her extraordinary life. At the start I forgot I was reading about a real person, but when I recalled who she was, I could not but be amazed. I would heartily recommend people to read and learn about this outstanding, in every way, person.
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This had so much potentialReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 20 October 2020
This is a good story, which whilst I enjoyed reading it in some parts, I was left lacking information at points in the book and certainly at the end. There were so many opportunities to elaborate the story line and build more impact and character information. I do think this will make a great movie, which would benefit from additional information. It was an okay read but I’d have loved to have enjoyed it, especially as it was based on a true story.
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