The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando by Paul Kix

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Read The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando Online Free - 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 Executive

A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucald was raised in magnificent chateaux and educated in Europe's finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucald escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat—cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands—from the officers of Special Operations Executive, the collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with tactics that earned it notoriety as the “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germans’ war-time missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucald withstood months of torture without cracking, and escaped his own death, not once but twice.

The Saboteur recounts La Rochefoucauld’s enthralling adventures, from jumping from a moving truck on his way to his execution to stealing Nazi limos to dressing up in a nun’s habit—one of his many disguises and impersonations. Whatever the mission, whatever the dire circumstance, La Rochefoucauld acquitted himself nobly, with the straight-back aplomb of a man of aristocratic breeding: James Bond before Ian Fleming conjured him.

More than just a fast-paced, true thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, telling the untold story of a network of commandos that battled evil, bravely worked to change the course of history, and inspired the creation of America’s own Central Intelligence Agency

Title : The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
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ISBN : 0062322524
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Nigel rated it ★★★☆☆

February 11, 2018

This is the story of Robert de La Rochefoucauld. It opens with an introduction to Robert and states that it is a work of "narrative non fiction". When the war starts Robert, a teenager, escapes to the UK via the Pyrenees and Spain and in the company of some UK pilots for a time. There he is recru...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

March 15, 2018

It is very rare when a work of non-fiction approaches a work of fiction. For a book to tell a story that is true, but keeps you riveted as if it were a spy novel, is special. Such is the case with Paul Kix’s first book, THE SABOTEUR: THE ARISTOCRAT WHO BECAME FRANCE’S MOST DARING ANTI-NAZI COMMAN...

Johnstonrw rated it ★★★☆☆

December 16, 2017

ATTENTION: there are spoilers below that will not ruin reading the book. This is a book that deserved to be written, but by a better writer and scholar, with better editing and proofreading. Let's start with the last first: "chateaux" on the dust jacket is used as the singular, whereas the correct...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

December 08, 2017

If you're feeling upset about the general state of the world right now, I'd definitely recommend this book to you.  If you like WW2 nonfiction, I'd definitely recommend this book to you.  If you like French histories and biographies, I'd definitely recommend this book to you.  If you........okay....

Bev rated it ★★★☆☆

December 30, 2017

I was attracted to this book because of a long time interest in resistance movements during WW2. My Dad gave me one about Norwegian resistors when I was a teenager. We have a Norwegian heritage and I was enthralled with the stories of their exploits. I am always amazed at the courage saboteurs ha...

Janet rated it ★★★★☆

March 15, 2018

A page turner biography of Robert de La Rochefoucauld.

Debby rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

Well done. 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 f...

N. rated it ★★★★☆

March 22, 2018

This book has its ups and downs but it's worth reading through the duller parts for the exciting scenes. Robert de La Rochefoucauld was 16 when the Germans invaded France. From his family's chateau, all but his father (who was serving in the French army) watched the bombing of nearby Soissons. Wi...

Patricia rated it ★★★★★

January 23, 2018

An excellent biography of Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a French aristocrat, who at nineteen joins the French/British resistance by becoming a fearless saboteur with the secret British group, Special Operations Executive (SOE). Robert is inspired by de Gaulle who is encouraging Frenchmen to join th...

Lisa rated it ★★★★☆

February 11, 2018

Deputy Editor at ESPN the Magazine, Author Paul Kix introduces spy Robert de La Rochefoucauld (Roash-foo-coe) in his first book The Saboteur. This book is a testament to the resilient human spirit, the atrocities the Germans inflicted in wartime and a tie into another historical achievement; Chur...

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