By Patrick Marnham
“Enthralling and clever, a masterly exploration of
the sinister labyrinth that was once wartime France . . .
It is a notable publication, completely fascinating.”
Not lengthy after 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1943, 8 males met in mystery at a doctor’s residence in Lyon. They represented the warring factions of the French Resistance and were summoned through basic de Gaulle’s new envoy, a guy so much of them knew easily as “Max.”
mins after the final guy entered the home, the Gestapo broke in, led via Klaus Barbie, the notorious “Butcher of Lyon.” The destiny watching for Barbie’s prisoners was once torture, deportation, and loss of life. “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 used to be 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 much extra advanced than the legend comfortably synthetic by means of de Gaulle.
Resistance and Betrayal tells for the 1st time in English the epic tale of France’s maximum warfare hero, a Schindler-like personality of ambiguous motivation. A winner of the Marsh Prize for biography, praised through Graham Greene and Julian Barnes, Patrick Marnham is a superb storyteller with a willing appreciation for the advanced maze of ethical compromises navigated in occasions of conflict. advised 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 1 of the good unsolved mysteries of the second one international War.
Praise for Patrick Marnham
“An exhilarating Swiftian day trip into human folly —
a marvelous book.” —Doris Lessing
“A author afoot with a ruthless imaginative and prescient and armed with a literary sort which burns away the skin of what it describes . . .
His major energy 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 with a bit of luck say there'll by no means be a greater e-book in this topic. It makes totally compulsive reading.”
—A. N. Wilson
“Excellent, penetrating, totally researched and extremely good written . . . provides to our figuring out not just of Simenon’s artwork yet of
the artwork of the radical itself.” —Muriel Spark