A Hero of France

A Hero of France
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9780812996494
Release: 2016
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"Alan Furst goes to war: Occupied Paris for the first time since Red Gold (1999 pub), Furst has set this novel during the war itself, instead of on the eve of the war. Members of the French Resistance network young and old, aristocrats and schoolteachers, defiant heroes and ordinary people all engaged in clandestine actions in the cause of freedom. From the secret hotels and Nazi-infested nightclubs of Paris to the villages of Rouen and Orleans. An action-packed story of romance, intrigue, spies, bravery, and air battles"--

A Hero of France

A Hero of France
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780812996500
Release: 2016-05-31
Editor: Random House

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling master espionage writer, hailed by Vince Flynn as “the best in the business,” comes a riveting novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST 1941. The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England. Alan Furst’s suspenseful, fast-paced thriller captures this dangerous time as no one ever has before. He brings Paris and occupied France to life, along with courageous citizens who outmaneuver collaborators, informers, blackmailers, and spies, risking everything to fulfill perilous clandestine missions. Aiding Mathieu as part of his covert network are Lisette, a seventeen-year-old student and courier; Max de Lyon, an arms dealer turned nightclub owner; Chantal, a woman of class and confidence; Daniel, a Jewish teacher fueled by revenge; Joëlle, who falls in love with Mathieu; and Annemarie, a willful aristocrat with deep roots in France, and a desire to act. As the German military police heighten surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched by the Reich to destroy them all. Shot through with the author’s trademark fine writing, breathtaking suspense, and intense scenes of seduction and passion, Alan Furst’s A Hero of France is at once one of the finest novels written about the French Resistance and the most gripping novel yet by the living master of the spy thriller.

A Hero in France

A Hero in France
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781474602938
Release: 2016-06-02
Editor: Hachette UK

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Spring, 1941. Britain is losing the war. Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work. The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students - help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. In farmhouses and rural churches, in secret hotels, and on the streets, they risk everything to open Europe's sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom. But as the military police heightens surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all.

The Lady Is a Spy Virginia Hall World War II Hero of the French Resistance

The Lady Is a Spy  Virginia Hall  World War II Hero of the French Resistance
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Author: Don Mitchell
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780545936569
Release: 2019-03-26
Editor: Scholastic Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Lady Is a Spy is the audacious and riveting true story of Virginia Hall, America's greatest spy and unsung hero, brought to vivid life by acclaimed author Don Mitchell.

And There Was Light

And There Was Light
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Author: Jacques Lusseyran
Pages: 296
ISBN: 9781608682706
Release: 2014-02-15
Editor: New World Library

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The book that helped inspire Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See An updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French edition When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.

Ptain

Ptain
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Author: Charles Williams
Pages: 567
ISBN: 0316732338
Release: 2005
Editor: Little Brown GBR

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Charles Williams' major biography of Philippe Petain (1856-1951) tells of a peasant who became a Marshal of France and the Head of the Vichy State. A slow climb up the army ranks was leading inexorably to retirement when war broke out. He defended Verdun in 1916 and settled the mutinies in 1917. In May 1940, he realised that France had been defeated and requested an armistice. As head of unoccupied France, he jockeyed between Nazis, Allies and Vichy politicians until, in 1945, he returned to France to be tried for treason. His death sentence was commuted by General de Gaulle to life imprisonment. In recounting Petain's long life, Lord Williams, one of our most notable political biographers, has successfully illustrated the character of an extraordinary man.

Hero or Tyrant Henry III King of France 1574 89

Hero or Tyrant  Henry III  King of France  1574 89
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Author: Professor Robert J Knecht
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9781472429322
Release: 2014-04-28
Editor: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

King Henry III of France has not suffered well at the hands of posterity. Generally depicted as at best a self-indulgent, ineffectual ruler, and at worst a debauched tyrant responsible for a series of catastrophic political blunders, his reputation has long been a poor one. Yet recent scholarship has begun to question the validity of this judgment and look for a more rounded assessment of the man and his reign. For, as this new biography of Henry demonstrates, there is far more to this fascinating monarch than the pantomime villain depicted by previous generations of historians and novelists. Based upon a rich and diverse range of primary sources, this book traces Henry’s life from his birth in 1551, the sixth child of Henri II and Catherine de’ Medici. It following his upbringing as the Wars of Religion began to tear France apart, his election as king of Poland in 1573, and his assumption of the French crown a year later following the death of his brother Charles IX. The first English-language biography of Henry for over 150 years, this study thoroughly and dispassionately reassesses his life in light of recent scholarship and in the context of broader European diplomatic, political and religious history. In so doing the book not only provides a more nuanced portrait of the monarch himself, but also helps us better understand the history of France during this traumatic time.

A Heroine of France

A Heroine of France
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Author: Evelyn Everett-Green
Pages: 186
ISBN: 9783842498143
Release: 2012-02-06
Editor: tredition

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

Heroes

Heroes
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Author: Robert Cormier
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9780307530813
Release: 2013-03-19
Editor: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Francis Joseph Cassavant is 18. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero. Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once admired and respected, a man adored my many people, a man who also received a Silver Star for bravery. A man who destroyed Francis’s life.

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette
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Author: Kathleen Collins
Pages: 32
ISBN: 0823941159
Release: 2003-12-15
Editor: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Discusses the life and work of French soldier and political thinker, Marquis de Lafayette, and his role in the American Revolution.

Under Occupation

Under Occupation
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780399592324
Release: 2019-11-26
Editor: Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From “America’s preeminent spy novelist” (The New York Times) comes a fast-paced, mesmerizing thriller of the French resistance fighters working secretly and bravely to defeat Hitler. Occupied Paris, 1942. Just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off a strange-looking document to the unsuspecting novelist Paul Ricard. It looks like a blueprint of a part for a military weapon, one that might have important information for the Allied forces. Ricard realizes he must try to get the diagram into the hands of members of the resistance network. As Ricard finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into anti-Nazi efforts and increasingly dangerous espionage assignments, he travels to Germany and along the escape routes of underground resistance safe houses to spy on Nazi maneuvers. When he meets the mysterious and beautiful Leila, a professional spy, they begin to work together to get crucial information out of France and into the hands of the Allied forces in London.

Resistance and Betrayal

Resistance and Betrayal
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Author: Patrick Marnham
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781588360786
Release: 2012-09-05
Editor: Random House

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“Enthralling and intelligent, a masterly exploration of the sinister labyrinth that was wartime France . . . It is a remarkable book, utterly fascinating.” —Allan Massie Not long after 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1943, eight men met in secret at a doctor’ s house in Lyon. They represented the warring factions of the French Resistance and had been summoned by General de Gaulle’s new envoy, a man most of them knew simply as “Max.” Minutes after the last man entered the house, the Gestapo broke in, led by Klaus Barbie, the infamous “Butcher of Lyon.” The fate awaiting Barbie’s prisoners was torture, deportation, and death. “Max” was tortured sadistically but never broke: he took his many secrets to his grave. In that moment, the legend of Jean Moulin was born. Who betrayed Jean Moulin? And who was this enigmatic hero, a man as skilled in deception as he was in acts of heroism? After the war, his ashes were transferred to the Panthéon—France’s highest honor—where his memory is revered alongside that of Voltaire and Victor Hugo. But Moulin’s story is full of unanswered questions: the truth of his life is far more complicated than the legend conveniently manufactured by de Gaulle. Resistance and Betrayal tells for the first time in English the epic story of France’s greatest war hero, a Schindler-like character of ambiguous motivation. A winner of the Marsh Prize for biography, praised by Graham Greene and Julian Barnes, Patrick Marnham is a brilliant storyteller with a keen appreciation for the complex maze of moral compromises navigated in times of war. Told with the drama and suspense of the best espionage fiction, Resistance and Betrayal brings to life the dark and duplicitous world of the French Resistance and offers a startling conclusion to one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Second World War. NOTE: This edition does not include photographs.

Midnight in Europe

Midnight in Europe
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780812981834
Release: 2015-03-17
Editor: Random House Trade Paperbacks

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Failing to secure American support for the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War in 1938, a minor Spanish noble travels to Paris, where he promotes the Republic cause before undertaking a mission to infiltrate the Spanish government.

A Small House In France

A Small House In France
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Author: Brenda Barrington
Pages: 185
ISBN: 9781861511560
Release: 2014-05-28
Editor: Memoirs Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The little cottage stood out against a bleak skyline, forlorn, empty, neglected and overgrown. After a three-year search, could it be just what a retired English couple were looking for as a holiday home of their own? A magical holiday to rural France with their children some years before had sowed the seeds of a daring plan for Brenda and Ray Barrington – to spend the early years of their retirement buying and restoring a cottage in the French countryside for use as a maison secondaire. Their budget and time were limited, but their enthusiasm and determination were boundless. The couple soon found themselves deeply engrossed in their dream project and discovering the full ramifications of owning a rural property deep in the land of wine and haute cuisine.

The General

The General
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Author: Jonathan Fenby
Pages: 736
ISBN: 9781620878057
Release: 2013-07
Editor: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This biography of the former president of France describes his life and career fighting for the country that he loved, in the trenches of World War I, against the Nazi threat in World War II and during a decolonization war in Algeria. Original. 10,000 first printing.

Spies of the Balkans

Spies of the Balkans
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 268
ISBN: 9780812977387
Release: 2011-06
Editor: Random House Incorporated

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Greece, 1940. In the port city of Salonika, with its wharves and brothels, dark alleys and Turkish mansions, a tense political drama is being played out. "Spies of the Balkans" is a stunning novel about a man who risks everything to fight back against the world's evil.

The 15 17 to Paris

The 15 17 to Paris
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Author: Anthony Sadler,Alek Skarlatos,Spencer Stone,Jeffrey E. Stern
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781610397346
Release: 2016-08-23
Editor: PublicAffairs

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Now a major motion picture directed by Clint Eastwood, in theaters February 2018. An ISIS terrorist planned to kill more than 500 people. He would have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. On August 21, 2015, Ayoub El-Khazzani boarded train #9364 in Brussels, bound for Paris. There could be no doubt about his mission: he had an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and enough ammunition to obliterate every passenger on board. Slipping into the bathroom in secret, he armed his weapons. Another major ISIS attack was about to begin. Khazzani wasn't expecting Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone. Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the US Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three were fearless. But their decision-to charge the gunman, then overpower him even as he turned first his gun, then his knife, on Stone-depended on a lifetime of loyalty, support, and faith. Their friendship was forged as they came of age together in California: going to church, playing paintball, teaching each other to swear, and sticking together when they got in trouble at school. Years later, that friendship would give all of them the courage to stand in the path of one of the world's deadliest terrorist organizations. The 15:17 to Paris is an amazing true story of friendship and bravery, of near tragedy averted by three young men who found the heroic unity and strength inside themselves at the moment when they, and 500 other innocent travelers, needed it most.

Gentleman Spy

Gentleman Spy
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Author: Carolyn Gossage
Pages: 232
ISBN: 1942614284
Release: 2017-06
Editor: Unknown

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At the outbreak of the Second World War, Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the SOE (Special Operations Executive) to "set Europe ablaze" as he said, by working with resistance groups in Nazi-occupied countries in Europeespecially in France. Count Robert De La Rochefoucauld's memoir of wartime service in the French Resistance and work with the British told of extraordinary exploits of courage and espionage. After receiving commando, explosives, and sabotage training in Britain, De La Rouchefoucald parachuted twice into occupied France to combat the Nazis. During his resistance work he was captured on two occasions and successfully escaped from his execution. He was also known for his eclectic use of tools of espionage and escape including explosives hidden in loaves of bread, a stolen Nazi limousine, a nun's habit, and a bicycle. His story is a remarkable account of ingenuity, endurance, and survival.

Mission to Paris

Mission to Paris
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Author: Alan Furst
Pages: 255
ISBN: 9781400069484
Release: 2012
Editor: Random House Incorporated

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Arriving in Paris on the eve of the Munich Appeasement in 1938, Hollywood star Frederic Stahl is unwittingly entangled in the region's shifting political currents when he discovers that his latest film is linked to the destinies of fascists, German Nazis and Hollywood publicists. By the author of Spies of the Balkans. 75,000 first printing.

A Quiet Hero

A Quiet Hero
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Author: Dwight Harshbarger
Pages: 376
ISBN: 1643072765
Release: 2019-10
Editor: Mascot Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

"After seizing Europe, the Nazis begin to execute "the final solution" by conducting a census of Jews in each of the Occupied countries that is driven by IBM technology. After the census in Holland, the Nazis murdered 75 percent of the Dutch Jews. After the census in France, 25 percent of the country's Jews are murdered. What made France different? At Vichy France's National Statistical Service headquarters in Lyon, General Renƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚ Carmille and his aide Miriam Duprƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚ know spies are everywhere. They race against time to sabotage the census-based lists of Jews and mobilize the Resistance to combat the Nazi death machine. In this novel, Miriam tells the true story of General Renƒƒ‚ƒƒ‚‚ Carmille's leadership in saving the lives of thousands of Jewsƒ‚‚"ƒ‚‚€ƒ‚‚"the story of A Quiet Hero."