The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executiv...more
He fled to England and met w ...more
When the Nazis invaded France, Rochefoucauld was eighteen years old. He had lived a privileged and comfortable life. But when his father was arrested and imprisoned, he decided that it was time to take action against the invaders. He made his way to England where he was trained alongside ...more
Robert de La Rochefoucauld was an impulsive youth, and got into the Resistance almost by accident, at age 18. He turned out to be very good at escape, evasion, and sabotage, especially after his SOE training in Britain, and had some remarkable adventures, detailed in the NYT review cited below.
In later life, he was a stylish and well-preserved man ...more
The book covers the period of Robert's war in the main. The author has done a great deal of research on his subj ...more
Let's begin just with the factual stuff: this biography is well-researched, to the point of Kix reaching out to de la Rochefoucald's surviving family and Skyping ...more
It is a biography of a member of the French resistance during World War Two. Aristocratic young Robert de la Rochefoucauld was only a teenager when the Germans invaded France. He was filled with a passion to fight them, and eventually found his way to t ...more
What I do remember is pulling into the garage and sitting there in the car still listening until the program was over...and then practically running into the house, starting up the computer, logging i ...more
While he is understandably reticent to reveal all details and its clear the author had to extract most of this information conta ...more
One is struck by the luck of our hero as he escapes time and time again to return to the field of battle. Yes, he had luck, but he also had unbelievable courage in the face of terrible odds. This comes through loud and clear many times. Particula ...more
The writing was so good, you forget you're reading and get wrapped into the war torn plots, plans and danger of the time. Told from the perspective of the French and a resistance member. There were even more atrocities than I remember learning about in my history classes. I liked the fact that there were not gory descriptions of the violence, but rather a more factual telling that did not lose the emotion of the situation.
You are taken behind enemy lines and within the plots, along wi ...more
The he parachutes into France to help with the resistance and I could not put the book down. The story is nothing short of incredible. He was captured and escaped three times from the Germans, once on the way to his execution. He gets back to Lon ...more
However, the book is marred by two flaws. First, there is no index. I c ...more