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

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 Executive A In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as ...

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Title:The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
Author:Paul Kix
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ISBN:The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando Reviews

  • Joshua
    Jan 19, 2018
    Terrific book about resistance effort against the Nazis in WWII in France. Right up my alley. Focuses on a wealthy teenager who ends up making multiple missions, training other resistance fighters, attempts dangerous bits of sabotage, undergoes torture, you name it. Short book that fli...
  • Todd Rongstad
    Feb 19, 2018
    Amazing tale of one man?s resistance against Nazi occupation, told energetically but with a lack of depth resulting from our hero?s aristocratic reticence. ...
  • Carrie
    Jan 07, 2018
    What a different time - and a brave man! Wish it had some photographs or maps. ...
  • Marge
    Jan 15, 2018
    This could have been a great story about a French aristocrat who fought for the Resistance and escaped twice from Nazi prisons. Once afterward he even wore a nun's habit and slipped by Nazi soldiers searching for him. However, instead of focusing on that part of the story, the book s...
  • Frank Kelly
    Jan 25, 2018
    A portrait of one of France?s unsung hero?s. I enjoyed reading about him but to be honest was disappointed by the writing and, quite frankly, the lack of pictures. This bio needed pictures and paps to fully flesh out the life of grandeur lived and lost, the travels endured, the pri...
  • Lisa  Carlson
    Feb 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 achiev...
  • Cynthia
    Feb 15, 2018
    La Rochefoucauld was an extraordinary fighter in the Resistance; imprisoned and tortured; escaped death by firing squad several times. I vaguely remember the trial of Papon, but was not aware of the particulars in regards La Rochefoucauld. I think the author could have done a bette...
  • Steve
    Dec 06, 2017
    A fascinating and interesting book Robert de la Rouchefoucauld came from a well to do family in France and became a spy during World War II. When the Germans invaded France, He escaped to England and learned how to plant bombs and learned the art of unarmed combat and how to use a knif...
  • Amber
    Jan 21, 2018
    I've read my share of WWII memoirs but couldn't get into this one ...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Jan 29, 2018
    Just finished The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France?s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando by Paul Kix, a biography of Robert de La Rochefoucauld. Reads like a page-turning thriller except it really happened. The book details the experience of a seventeen-year-old who finds his wa...
  • George
    Feb 15, 2018
    It's astounding - the story, the man, and the resistance movement. A very good accounting of what went on. This would make a good pairing with We Die Alone. I don't usually read a book in a single day but this one had me from the beginning. Thanks, Paul! ...
  • Amy Layton
    Nov 09, 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 yo...
  • Ken
    Jan 19, 2018
    This book was generally disappointing. There was too much that obviously was left to invention. The writer seemed to make much ado about almost nothing, too often. Had this man been a hero of France, I?m very sure we would know him well as that. He did have a famous lineage, but I su...
  • Debby
    Sep 13, 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...
  • Patricia
    Jan 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...
  • Paul
    Feb 10, 2018
    The writing in this historic biography is fantastic and the story is a thrill. Unfortunately there are too many blank spaces in the subject?s character to make for a truly compelling tale. We learn amazing things about what this man did during WWII, but little about the man himself. ...
  • Nissa
    Jul 01, 2017
    Kix tells a very detailed and captivating story of amazing bravery. I've always had an interest in this horrific period in history and have read just about anything that I come across that takes place during this time, both fiction and nonfiction. This is essential reading for anyone i...
  • Mary
    Feb 14, 2018
    I have read several of Patrick Modiano's books which focus on WW II in France and its aftermath. So it was interesting to read this story of a resistance hero, Robert de la Rochefoucauld. It definitely was a real-life thriller with amazing stories of deprivation and escape. I like...
  • Bev Simpson
    Dec 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 s...
  • Nigel
    Feb 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 ...
  • Casey Schesky
    Jan 12, 2018
    Outstanding page turner! Little known hero comes to life. This book is an outstanding read. Delving into the little known French Resistance' fighter Robert de La Rochefoucauld's exploits, Paul Kix masterfully tells the tales of bravery, courage and pain. A must read! ...
  • Peg Albrets
    Jan 23, 2018
    very interesting story about French aristocrat who was in Resistance; writing was a bit superficial at times ...
  • Mary Rankin
    Jan 11, 2018
    Fascinating character. Compelling reading. ...
  • Steve Nolan
    Jan 30, 2018
    This shit is 100% too unbelievable to be in a movie. I re-listened to so many parts immediately after I first listened, and most all involved him escaping from a prison or guards. Holy shit. ...
  • Johnstonrw
    Dec 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, wher...
  • Tyler
    Feb 08, 2018
    My fascination with these heroic stories is often diminished by uninspired textbook-like books. The Sabateur relates the true events in a narrative telling which creates suspense and a connection with its characters, with just the right amount of factual evidence and exposition. ...
  • SFrick
    Jan 12, 2018
    I found that I had pretty much read or was knowledgeable of most of the infomation presented before. For example in: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay ...
  • Noreen Fish
    Jun 26, 2017
    A fascinating account of the World War II resistance exploits of Robert de la Rochefoucald. I'd love to see a movie made of this book! ...
  • Janice
    Feb 04, 2018
    This is an interesting story about not only one man?s experience in but the whole French resistance movement during WW2. It gets bogged down in minutia at times, but overall, very interesting and informative. Courage, bravery, sadism....this book has it all. ...
  • Lilyana Yankova
    Dec 29, 2017
    A thought-provoking, well-researched, and totally unputdownable portrait of the complexity of occupied France. The author's diligence and close attention to detail are remarkable. All of his characters, even minor ones, are memorable. ...