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 ExecutiveA scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Ro...
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- 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 form is "chateau" or properly "château." Perpignan is a city in southwest France, not southeast. The famous French composer is "Gounod," not "Guonod." ...
- 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. I'd recommend this book to everybody. Let's begin just with the factual stuff: this biography is well-researched, to the point of Kix reaching o...
- 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 had in dealing with the enemy, never knowing when torture or death might result, and not knowing how long the war would last, or who might "win". I am part...
- 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 the Free France movement. Robert travels to England via Spain in 1942 to be trained as a highly specialized SOE agent. He is trained by Eric Piquet-Wicks. ...
- 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 fact that there were not gory descriptions of the violence, but rather a more factual telling that did not lose the emotion of the situation.You are taken...
- 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 knife in silent killing techniques. He returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up German munition factories. He was captured and tortured and escaped ex...
- 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 way to London from occupied France to train as a commando and conduct audacious raids against the Nazi’s from 1942-1945. It takes a book like this to remind one how...
- 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 flies by if you are interested in WWII, guerrilla warfare, resistance fighters, and suspenseful tales about taking out Nazis.
- 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 prisons, the family, etc. a good first effort by the author (his first book). The writing could have been tighter but perhaps the editor is the point of weakness here.
- 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 interested in the activities of the SOE in France during WWII. A fast-paced and thrilling read!
- 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 suspect that may have been the only reason this book saw the light of day.
- 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 spends too much time on dull details leading up to those times, then glosses over the exciting points.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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
- very interesting story about French aristocrat who was in Resistance; writing was a bit superficial at times
- Fascinating character. Compelling reading.
- What a different time - and a brave man! Wish it had some photographs or maps.
- I've read my share of WWII memoirs but couldn't get into this one
- 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!
- Amazing account!
- Unbelievable; and it’s a TRUE account. No words adequately describe Count Robert La Rochefoucauld...his heroism; his love of country; his indomitable spirit. BTW... Paul Kix tells the excellently.
- I enjoyed reading this book
- A terrific work of narrative non-fiction The Saboteur recounts the exploits of Robert de la Rochefoucauld an unsung hero of the French resistance. It reads like a novel, very entertaining.