Paul Kix’s The Saboteur | Last of the December Picks

Kix, Paul. The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando. Harper. Dec. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062322524. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780062322548. lrg. prnt. HISTORY
Raised in a fairy-tale chateau and educated at top schools, French aristocrat Robert de la Rochefoucald joined the Churchill’s Special Operations Executive (fondly dubbed the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare) when the invading Nazis imprisoned his father. He trained to be a spy and returned to France, organizing the Resistance, executing German officers, and blowing up train stations and munitions factories. He managed to survive torture and twice evaded certain death. Forget thrillers, this a white-knuckle story, and it’s important. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

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Barbara Hoffert (bhoffert@mediasourceinc.com, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.

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