By Patrick Marnham
“Enthralling and clever, a masterly exploration of
the sinister labyrinth that was once wartime France . . .
It is a outstanding booklet, totally fascinating.”
Not lengthy after 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1943, 8 males met in mystery at a doctor’s condo in Lyon. They represented the warring factions of the French Resistance and were summoned through basic de Gaulle’s new envoy, a guy such a lot of them knew easily as “Max.”
mins after the final guy entered the home, the Gestapo broke in, led by means of Klaus Barbie, the notorious “Butcher of Lyon.” The destiny anticipating Barbie’s prisoners used to be torture, deportation, and dying. “Max” used to be tortured sadistically yet by no means broke: he took his many secrets and techniques to his grave. In that second, the legend of Jean Moulin was once born.
Who betrayed Jean Moulin? And who was once this enigmatic hero, a guy as expert in deception as he used to be in acts of heroism? After the battle, his ashes have been transferred to the Panthéon—France’s maximum honor—where his reminiscence is respected along that of Voltaire and Victor Hugo. yet Moulin’s tale is stuffed with unanswered questions: the reality of his existence is way extra complex than the legend very easily synthetic through de Gaulle.
Resistance and Betrayal tells for the 1st time in English the epic tale of France’s maximum struggle hero, a Schindler-like personality of ambiguous motivation. A winner of the Marsh Prize for biography, praised via Graham Greene and Julian Barnes, Patrick Marnham is a superb storyteller with a willing appreciation for the complicated maze of ethical compromises navigated in occasions of warfare. informed with the drama and suspense of the simplest espionage fiction, Resistance and Betrayal brings to existence the darkish and duplicitous global of the French Resistance and provides a startling end to at least one of the nice unsolved mysteries of the second one international War.
Praise for Patrick Marnham
“An exhilarating Swiftian expedition into human folly —
a terrific book.” —Doris Lessing
“A author afoot with a ruthless imaginative and prescient and armed with a literary type which burns away the outside of what it describes . . .
His major power lies in his genius as a storyteller.”
The guy Who Wasn’t Maigret
“I doubt if there'll be a greater, or better-written, portrait of Simenon for a protracted time.” —Julian Barnes
“I can expectantly say there'll by no means be a greater e-book in this topic. It makes completely compulsive reading.”
—A. N. Wilson
“Excellent, penetrating, absolutely researched and intensely good written . . . provides to our knowing not just of Simenon’s paintings yet of
the artwork of the unconventional itself.” —Muriel Spark