A Hero of France
Score: 3.5
From 127 Ratings

A Hero of France


  • Author : Alan Furst
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-05-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812996500


A Hero of France Book Description :

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 of France
Score: 3.5
From 128 Ratings

A Hero of France


  • Author : Alan Furst
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2016
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812996494


A Hero of France Book Description :

"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 in France
Score: 3.5
From 127 Ratings

A Hero in France


  • Author : Alan Furst
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-06-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781474602938


A Hero in France Book Description :

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.

Madame Fourcade s Secret War
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

Madame Fourcade s Secret War


  • Author : Lynne Olson
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2019-03-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812994773


Madame Fourcade s Secret War Book Description :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The little-known true story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the woman who headed the largest spy network in occupied France during World War II, from the bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island “Brava to Lynne Olson for a biography that should challenge any outdated assumptions about who deserves to be called a hero.”—The Washington Post NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE WASHINGTON POST In 1941 a thirty-one-year-old Frenchwoman, a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour, became the leader of a vast intelligence organization—the only woman to serve as a chef de résistance during the war. Strong-willed, independent, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, patriarchal society, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Her group’s name was Alliance, but the Gestapo dubbed it Noah’s Ark because its agents used the names of animals as their aliases. The name Marie-Madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, that, as a colleague of hers put it, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.” No other French spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance. The Gestapo pursued them relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. Although Fourcade, the mother of two young children, moved her headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity, she was captured twice by the Nazis. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around he

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


  • Author : Don Mitchell
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2019-03-26
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545936569


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

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.

P  tain

P tain


  • Author : Charles Williams
  • Publisher : Palgrave MacMillan
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 1403970114


P tain Book Description :

A portrait of the controversial French army commander-in-chief who surrendered France's Jewish population to Nazi occupiers describes Ptain's youth as an orphan peasant and identifies the determining factors behind his decisions. By the author of The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General de Gaulle.

And There Was Light
Score: 2.5
From 2 Ratings

And There Was Light


  • Author : Jacques Lusseyran
  • Publisher : New World Library
  • Release Date : 2014-02-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608682706


And There Was Light Book Description :

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.

Hero or Tyrant  Henry III  King of France  1574 89

Hero or Tyrant Henry III King of France 1574 89


  • Author : Professor Robert J Knecht
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2014-04-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 370
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472429322


Hero or Tyrant Henry III King of France 1574 89 Book Description :

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.

Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette


  • Author : Kathleen Collins
  • Publisher : The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
  • Release Date : 2003-12-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 0823941159


Marquis de Lafayette Book Description :

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

France in the World

France in the World


  • Author : Patrick Boucheron
  • Publisher : Other Press, LLC
  • Release Date : 2019-04-09
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 980
  • ISBN 10 : 9781590519424


France in the World Book Description :

This dynamic collection presents a new way of writing national and global histories while developing our understanding of France in the world through short, provocative essays that range from prehistoric frescoes to Coco Chanel to the terrorist attacks of 2015. Bringing together an impressive group of established and up-and-coming historians, this bestselling history conceives of France not as a fixed, rooted entity, but instead as a place and an idea in flux, moving beyond all borders and frontiers, shaped by exchanges and mixtures. Presented in chronological order from 34,000 BC to 2015, each chapter covers a significant year from its own particular angle--the marriage of a Viking leader to a Carolingian princess proposed by Charles the Fat in 882, the Persian embassy's reception at the court of Louis XIV in 1715, the Chilean coup d'état against President Salvador Allende in 1973 that mobilized a generation of French left-wing activists. France in the World combines the intellectual rigor of an academic work with the liveliness and readability of popular history. With a brand-new preface aimed at an international audience, this English-language edition will be an essential resource for Francophiles and scholars alike.