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The Saboteur: True Adventures of the Gentleman Commando Who Took on the Nazis
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Paul Kix
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The Saboteur: True Adventures of the Gentleman Commando Who Took on the Nazis

Paul Kix


9780007553822

HARPER360


Biography;
Biography: historical, political & military;
True war & combat stories;
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival;
Second World War;
Special & elite forces


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304 pages

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A scion of one of the oldest families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucauld was raised in a magnificent chateau and educated in Europe’s finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucauld escaped to England and was trained in the dark arts of anarchy and combat – cracking safes, planting bombs and killing with his bare hands – by a collection of SOE spies.

With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germany’s wartime missions and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucauld withstood months of torture and escaped his own death sentence, not once but twice.

More than just a fast-paced, real-life thriller, The Saboteur is also a deep dive into an endlessly fascinating historical moment, revealing the previously untold story of a network of commandos, motivated by a shared hatred of the Nazis, who battled evil and bravely worked to change the course of history.

By:   Paul Kix
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9780007553822
ISBN 10:   000755382X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   January 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Kix is a senior editor at ESPN Magazine, and has written for numerous publications from the Boston Globe to the Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker.


`The Saboteur is completely engrossing and elegantly told, which means any reader of this work will inevitably want more and more' Washington Post `A mesmerizing book that builds up propulsive momentum until its final twists. It was a joy to disappear into this story. Like only the very best historical biographers, Paul Kix has turned years of deep reporting into a tightly coiled narrative that you never want to put down' Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President `Kix had to do first-class detective work using primary sources to create this riveting story. Fans of World War II history will eagerly read this story, which is almost as exciting as a James Bond novel' Library Journal `Set in motion by a steamed-open letter and a burning hatred of Hitler, a dashing young aristocrat embarks on a campaign of clandestine warfare. The Saboteur sounds like a World War II spy thriller, but in fact it is a rip-roaring true story, wonderfully told' Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Hours and Lost in Shangri-La `A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero' Kirkus Reviews (starred review) `Kix's sharp, well-paced writing is perfect for telling La Rochefoucauld's story. But this is more than a gripping yarn of daring-do. La Rochefoucauld was a complex character, and Kix's portrait is nuanced and moving... [posing] the big questions: What is duty? What is courage? What is loyalty?' BookPage

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