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

Paul Kix

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this debut biography by ESPN The Magazine deputy editor Paul Kix. French aristocrat and World War II hero Robert de La Rochefoucald (1923-2012) joined Churchill’s Special Operations Executive, a secretive group formed to train and equip foreign nationals in sabotage and guerilla warfare, after the Nazis imprisoned his father. He then returned to France, helped organize the Resistance, blew up munitions factories, and executed Nazi officers. He also managed to survive torture and escaped death twice, once by jumping from a moving truck on the way to his execution. "Forget thrillers, this is a white-knuckle story,” writes Library Journal.