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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Number of Pages:304 pages pages

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

  • Corny
    Jul 13, 2018
    At times, this is a riveting tale. The author creates incredible suspense when he writes about Robert?s missions and escapes. At other times, the narrative is dry and overwritten. However, his subject is such an extraordinary man that the book succeeds. One is struck by the luck of...
  • Kathryn Bashaar
    Apr 19, 2018
    My husband loves war stories, and I bought this book for him as an Easter gift. When he finished it, he said he thought I might enjoy it, I don't usually enjoy this kind of story, but I gave it a try and, to my surprise, found it very engrossing. It is a biography of a member of the ...
  • Jana
    Feb 22, 2018
    This was an interesting & action packed nonfiction book! At the start of WWII, Robert De La Rochefoucauld, was disappointed in his country's leadership for not taking a stand against the Germans and decided to join the resistance groups. He was an amazing man of many talents, and l...
  • Cheryl
    Mar 25, 2018
    Author Paul Kix?s extensive research into the life and times of French aristocrat Robert de La Rochefoucauld provides a close up look at the activities of the members of the French resistance during World War II. When the Nazis invaded France, Rochefoucauld was eighteen years old....
  • Deb
    May 03, 2018
    One recent night as I was driving home from a late stint at work, I listened to one of my favorite programs on a local radio station that interviews all sorts of interesting people about all sorts of interesting topics. And I was so transfixed by the interview, I don't even remember th...
  • 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...
  • Megan
    Jul 09, 2018
    Fascinating look at a noble French resistance hero. ...
  • N.
    Mar 18, 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 S...
  • Michael
    May 23, 2018
    I just about gave up on the book in the first 80 pages. The description of the German invasion of France and how a young aristocrat named Robert de la Rouchfoucauld finally reaching London to join the Free France movement seemed fairly routine WW2 stuff. The he parachutes into Franc...
  • 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...
  • Linda Humberstone
    Apr 09, 2018
    This is a true story about how a patriotic teenager, Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who wanted to fight against the Nazis, gradually became a formidable resistant fighter and eventually trained others on how to create mayhem by sabotaging Nazi strongholds. He suffered torture when capture...
  • Elizabeth Theiss
    Jun 09, 2018
    During the World War II Nazi occupation of France, some two percent of the French population were actively engaged in resistance. Robert de la Rochefoucauld was one of the most remarkable of the resistants. Denounced for his antipathy to the occupiers, at the age of nineteen Rochefouca...
  • 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...
  • Jon
    Apr 30, 2018
    It's hard to read this and not think you're reading a Mission Impossible-type screenplay. The 20-year-old protagonist uses his determination, guile, and iron will in the face of brutal torture to fight the Nazi war machine in occupied France. A privileged aristocrat, he escapes Fra...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Steven Yenzer
    May 18, 2018
    This book acknowledges the influence of Ben Mcintyre's Agent Zigzag and other personal narratives of WWII sabotage and espionage. I prefer Mcintyre's works, although that could have more to do with Kix's protagonist. Robert de La Rochefoucauld's personality is curiously missing from th...
  • Janet
    Mar 15, 2018
    A page turner biography of Robert de La Rochefoucauld. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Studebhawk
    Jun 21, 2018
    Bravery & Determination At the age of seventeen, Robert LaRouchfoucald desperately wanted to fight the Nazi occupation of France during WWII. This story is an important addition to the accounts of the bravery of the unsung heroes of the French Resistance. Many of these unsun...
  • Steven Z.
    Mar 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 A...
  • Brion
    May 09, 2018
    I realized after reading this engrossing book that I really knew very little about the French resistance during WWII. I had, obviously now incorrectly, assumed that it was a pretty unorganized, small guerrilla warfare effort. But this account, through the eyes of an active resistant pa...
  • Sue Myers
    Jun 29, 2018
    Excellent biography of Robert de la Rochfoucald, a French nobleman, who became one of France's most decorated WWII fighters for the Resistance. At age 19, Robert must abruptly leave his family's estate in occupied France, because of suspicion reported against him by an unknown individu...
  • 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...
  • Thelma Fountain
    May 20, 2018
    I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. This is a really good first person account of life during WWll in France. This was a fascinating story about serving in the French resistance. I love reading true life accounts and this one did not disappoint. recommend. ...
  • Paul
    Feb 27, 2018
    Pretty entertaining though the author sprinkles mistakes throughout that are distracting. Paul Kix is a cool name though and I'm impressed he has time to write while running his cereal empire. ...
  • Bob Condra
    Feb 24, 2018
    A fascinating and action-packed book about Robert de La Rochefoucauld, a young member of the French aristocracy who was repulsed by the ambivalent attitude expressed by many French citizens when Nazi Germany invaded in1940. As a vocal opponent of the occupation, his life was in danger ...
  • Mary Erickson
    Jul 15, 2018
    A slice-of-life non-fiction account of Robert de La Rochefoucald, a 20-year-old French aristocrat who at the outbreak of WWII was disgusted by the rapid French capitulation to Hitler's forces and decided to be a man of action. He went to London and became a bad-ass commando, parachuted...