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The White Rabbit: The Secret Agent the Gestapo Could Not Crack

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  207 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It became a bestseller, garnered sterling critical reviews, and inspired a film: this harrowing story of a captured British agent in World War Two, his refusal to crack under horrific torture, and his imprisonment in a concentration camp, testifies to the strength of the human spirit. Wing Commander F.F.E. Yeo-Thomas, aka “The White Rabbit,” parachuted into France to aid ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Cassell (first published 1952)
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A.L. Sowards
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yeo-Thomas worked for British Intelligence during WWII, completing several trips into Nazi-occupied France to organize and coordinate the efforts of the various French Resistance groups. When one of his close associates was captured, Yeo-Thomas decided to go back to France and launch a rescue. His superiors didn’t want him to go—he knew too much, so if he were caught, SOE’s efforts in France would be seriously compromised. (view spoiler) ...more
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Bruce Marshall’s inspiring book vividly and unforgettably describes a battle of wits which is utterly unputdownable. I’d recommend it as an essential read for anyone who has read and enjoyed other books on the subject of SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WW2; especially Leo Marks, “Between Silk and Cyanide”.

Both utterly, utterly inspiring and appallingly terrifying in near equal measure, Yeo-Thomas (of RF section) told his story to Bruce Marshall. Man to man, word by word. How many
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Zora
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A marvelous story, but not a perfectly-written book.

Spoilers follow.

Tommy Yeo-Thomas was a French-British officer in World War II who functioned as a spy for the SOE. Several times he parachuted into France under cover of night and helped organize the resistance. Eventually, he was betrayed and captured by the SS, who tortured him for weeks, though he never broke. Through transfers into two different prisons, the level of torture ebbed and waned. Eventually he was sent to Buchenwald where
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Peter
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-ii, 5-star
Incredible story of survival and escape, I think I finished it in less than a week. Thomas was a true hero, someone who would stand apart from the crowd and do what he thought was right for his country. That he was able to survive brutal beatings by the Gestapo, and still manage to plan and execute several escapes is just amazing. More people should be aware of this inspiring story!
Gary
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first came across this book in the 70's whilst serving in the army, and have never forgotten it.
The hardest thing about this book is accepting it actually happened, when you read about what happened to him it is easy to believe this to be a work of fiction.

This book will haunt you for months after reading it, you will read the savagery that your fellow man is willing to inflict upon someone. Make no mistake Yeo Thomas did hold some extremely vital information regards the resistance movement
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Arthur Berkell
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Yeo-Thomas, picking up more-or-less from his departure from the SOE. Tommy is included in Leo Marks' "Between Silk And Cyanide", but in the "White Rabbit" you learn about his exploits and ultimate capture by the Gestapo. The detail of his torture and internment at the hands of the Gestapo, SS, Buchenwald, and a small assortment of other prisons describes the torture afforded him at the hands of the Germans. Indeed, it is often difficult to read because plain description of ...more
truenorth
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
I couldn't decide between a three and a four star. At first I was bored and also a little turned off by the writing style. There are various sorta weird side comments inserted by the author from time to time that tend to sidetrack the story. But I did enjoy the tale yet in the end and found myself rooting for Yeo-Thomas.
Maria Wasiak
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It's an inspirational true story set during WWII. Actually, it's one of my all time favourite books.
Sara
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning writing to the point at which you forget that all of this misery was suffered by a real person
Autumn
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Three and a half. Fascinating story about Forest Frederick Yeo-Thomas, his service, capture, and return home as a British agent during WWII. The writing is a bit stilted—maybe that was the British style then—but the experiences of Yeo-Thomas are amazing. Also refreshing is the insight into the French resistance and their determination and courage to stand up to the Nazis invading their country. Interesting details about Britain's work to help organize and aide the Resistance, and incredible ...more
Garrett
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read through the first half of the book in about 10 months. The final half I read in only a couple weeks.

The first half was interesting background, but I really didn't care about it or know why it was important until I got to the final half of the book. I found the torture and imprisonment much more compelling than the clandestine meetings and rebel in-fighting.

I haven't studied World War II much, nor read many historicals about that time (except for a few holocaust-related books), so this was
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Harry Tomos
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin...not only is it true but amazing....rarely in my life have I met people willing to talk about the war, and I am always humbled as I know if not for them and the grace of god, perhaps I may not even exist as mother was not one to be tactful or ca-tow to someone giving orders....I know I have my freedoms because of those who fought and died, I am always amazed at the paradox of evil and humanity and the occasional switches of those who are evil doing good and vice versa, there are ...more
Andreas Michaelides
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it combines two of my favourite’s items, first it’s a true story and second it has a happy ending. I love movies, and book that catalogue and describe people true stories and if it has a happy ending even better. I remember I finished it in 2 days straight.
Anyone that loves stories from World War II and spies and espionage and sabotage and survival tails will like this book.
Converse
Apr 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Another book relating to the British Strategic Operatons Executive, a British sabotage organization the second world war that supported resistance movements in occupied Europe (and elsewhere). This scary story is about Forest Frederick Yeo-Thomas adventures for RF section of SOE in France, & then his captivity & torture by the Germans. Originally published 1952
Adam Johnson
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
brilliant, if it were fiction you would say it was unbeleavable, but its fact, and good stuff at that.
Doug Wilson
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
superman spy.
Ed L
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awsome book. Shoulb be a movie. Has his own corner at the spy museum.
Pat
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read it. The things thisan did and endured are incredible
Chris Bartholomew
An interesting true story of a British Royal Air Force commander who ran missions behind enemy lines in German occupied France. His capture, torture and eventual escape.
Dave
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, super-books
Outstanding.
Mary Rinehart
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent!
Amicus (David Barnett)
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book, back in the early 1950s, gave me my first insight into the evil things Hitler's Germany was responsible for.
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Lieutenant-Colonel Claude Cunningham Bruce Marshall, known as Bruce Marshall was a prolific Scottish writer who wrote fiction and non-fiction books on a wide range of topics and genres. His first book, A Thief in the Night came out in 1918, possibly self-published. His last, An Account of Capers was published posthumously in 1988, a span of 70 years.