Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France

The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a 4-person SOE commando team dropped behind German lines in France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping Nazi tanks away from Normandy after D-Day. When Daniel Guiet was a child and his family moved country, as they frequently did, his father had one possession, a tin bread The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a 4-person SOE commando team dropped behind Ge...

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Title:Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France
Author:Daniel C. Guiet
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Genres:History
ISBN:Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Scholars of Mayhem: My Father's Secret War in Nazi-Occupied France Reviews

  • Michelle
    Sep 16, 2019
    Scholar (noun): a specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities; a distinguished academic. Mayhem (noun): violent or damaging disorder; chaos. Scholars of Mayhem is the story of Jean Claude Guiet, an American-born child of French parents who joined the arm...
  • Lewestover
    Aug 27, 2019
    I've read books about the French resistance forces in WW II. This true story, however, opened my eyes to the work done by the British (and other Allied nations) in strengthening those forces during the critical time surrounding D-Day. I had not idea that a 20-year old American played a...
  • Darlis
    Oct 26, 2019
    Really enjoyed reading this. After I read "A Woman of No Importance," this is a great companion piece to the history. ...
  • Paul L'Herrou
    Sep 25, 2019
    Gripping account of the author's father's service with the OSS during WWII, parachuting into occupied France as a secret radio operator to work with the Maquis. The Mazuis were those who went into hiding to avoid being pressed into forced labor for the Nazis and constituted a major ele...
  • Daisy
    Dec 23, 2019
    An excellent biography of an OSS officer and his SOE comrades behind enemy lines during World War II. We are fortunate to finally hear the tales of operations and sacrifice that have been classified for seventy years. A wonderful read. ...
  • Steve
    Jun 05, 2019
    An excellent as well as an interesting book. I enjoy reading about World War II spies and this one as well as the others was great!!! The author's father, Jean Claude Guiet was a American citizen, but born in France. He was recruited by the British SOE to set up operations behind enemy...
  • Pamela
    Jul 08, 2019
    I won this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Scholars of Mayhem tells the story of Jean Claude, an agent in France during WWII. I found it very educational. This is a part of history I knew little about. There are so few WWII veterans alive and I think it is important to hear their s...
  • Larry Shields
    Nov 14, 2019
    Deeply moving This story changed the concept of heroism for me. I always thought it was a single mission or event occurring over a few hours or at most over a few days. The story of these men and women surviving behind enemy lines for months, with the threat of discovery and tortur...
  • Yvonne
    Jan 03, 2020
    Fascinating ...
  • Michael Kerr
    Dec 15, 2019
    Desperate times and desperate measures of a kind hard for us to imagine are the setting of this biography. Bilingual French American Jean Guiet gets roped into the OSS, and subsequently works with the SOE, dropping behind the lines just after D-Day to delay and harass a Nazi Panzer div...
  • Milo Geyelin
    Jun 28, 2019
    This is first-rate reporting, historical reconstruction and writing. It?s a remarkable story, terrifically and lovingly told. I can?t recommend it highly enough. ...
  • Peter A
    May 08, 2019
    This book, co-written by the son, tells the story of Jean Claude Guiet during his days preparing for and serving in a team of Special Operations Executive commandos in German occupied France right after D-Day. The team consisted of four members: Philippe Liewer, Violette Szabo (about w...
  • Phil Tomson
    Aug 13, 2019
    Just happened to find this book in the new books section at the library. Wasn't expecting much. But this turned out to be a very engaging true story of espionage and sabotage in Nazi occupied France in WWII. ...
  • Max
    Jun 25, 2019
    Jean Claude Guiet is a real-life super hero. How could a 20 year old American go behind enemy lines during the D-Day invasion and help defeat the Nazi occupation in France? He did and with no recognition, from the France or the United States. An astonishing story about the infancy of t...
  • Jacquie
    Jun 26, 2019
    Fascinating story of a time when everyone seemed to want to give all. Incredible that women were not only included, but we're valued. I'm so glad Daniel was able to tell his father's story. ...
  • Ruth Feathers
    Sep 06, 2019
    Wonderful. ...
  • Marianne Evans
    Sep 16, 2019
    Man ! Your daddy was one cool dude through and through. Thank you for buying him that laptop and for him opening up his soul and telling us this story. I certainly hope you have more stories lined up for another book of Jean Claude?s heroic adventures. ...
  • Joop Debruin
    Jun 25, 2019
    I grew up next door to a couple, he was an American and she was French. Both were Jews. I knew he was originally in the OSS, and parachuted behind enemy lines into France, and that's where he met her. However as I got older and learned more history, there were still some questions that...
  • E Townsend
    Sep 30, 2019
    This is a gem of a book! So well-researched unlike so many books out now about this subject. The writers have presented the facts in a suspenseful narrative featuring fascinating characters. A quick read packed with info! ...
  • Ron Nurmi
    Sep 25, 2019
    The bulk of the book covers Jean Claude Guiet recruitment and training to become a member of the OSS and his career in France especially in the Limoges region of France during July 1944. ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 06, 2019
    What a fascinating read, and what an amazing life. I really would like to know more whenever the government de classifies his service records for his service against the Japanese, and later service with the CIA. ...
  • Joe
    Aug 15, 2019
    This was a very good Resistance story. Well written and hard to put down. ...
  • Susan's Books
    Jul 13, 2019
    This book was interesting in that it covered something I'd never read about before. However, it bogged down in places & I don't think I would have missed out on much by not reading it. ...
  • Wesley Hansen
    Nov 20, 2019
    Enlightening autobiographical chronicle of an SOE Team during WW II, placed behind enemy lines in France, tasked with impacting the Nazi forces during the days immediately following the Normandy invasion. Their ability to train quickly, land safely in France, and then slow down the Ger...
  • Barry H.
    Oct 11, 2019
    4.5 stars ...
  • Robert Mund
    Jun 14, 2019
    Always prefer true stories and this has the intrigue of a spy novel but at times gets bogged down in to much detail of which i have no interest ...
  • Wes Jones
    Sep 26, 2019
    My attention was never grabbed when I was reading this book. I was really looking forward to the story, and think if I went back and read it again it might be better. It is a cool WWII story and for those who like war books you should read this one. However, it just didn't live up to m...
  • John Dolbee
    Jun 10, 2019
    Book went by very fast. A great story that I wish was expanded on even more during the war and past his involvement in Europe. Great read. ...
  • Richard Z.
    Jul 17, 2019
    We will never run out of amazing World War II stories. Ever. Daniel Guiet wrote an exciting, personal book about his father who (as a covert agent for Churchill?s ?Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare?) played a key role in helping organize the French Resistance. Although, in some w...
  • Prakash
    Jul 27, 2019
    Really awesome ...