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A Quiet American: The Secret War of Varian Fry

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  4 reviews
The story of Varian Fry, called the "real Rick" of Casablanca, is perhaps one of the most unknown, yet extraordinary sagas of World War II. This penetrating biography follows Varian Fry through his adult life--from his beginnings in the 1930s as a Harvard graduate and political journalist to his arrival in Marseille in 1940 where he managed to spirit away thousands of Euro ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 13th 2000 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1999)
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Brenna
(More like 3.5 stars) Very interesting story. Acceptable writing. Fry is a very unlikely hero. Not the guy you would picture to be risking his life rescuing intellectuals, artists, novelists and scientists from the Nazi's but that's precisely what makes him so compelling. A normal, reserved and rather intellectual figure who unexpectedly finds himself the leader of an underground rescue movement. And he rises to the occassion. The times make the man. He becomes absorbed into his work at high cos ...more
John
Started off very good, but quickly descended into a mish-mash of names and dates with no clear narrative. The subject was fascinating, but the execution was so poor it was hard to read. Very disappointed.
Marion
this is very dense, very compelling non-fiction
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