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Was Coco Chanel a Nazi spy?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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French fashion icon - and Nazi sympathizer? - Coco Chanel. Wikimedia Commons

There's the little black dress, the string of lovers, the opulent riches... Coco Chanel was the epitome of French sophistication and understated elegance. From her humble beginnings as an orphan peasant to her meteoric rise as the mogul of a fashion empire, Chanel's life has become the stuff of legend. And, according to a new book, there's evidence Chanel was in bed with enemies of a free France, having a long-time affair with a Nazi officer.

Hal Vaughn joins us to discuss his new book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War.

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