The Saboteur


The Saboteur

In the tradition of Agent Zigzag comes this breathtaking biography, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, which illuminates an unsung hero of the French Resistance during World War II—Robert de La Rochefoucald, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur—and his daring exploits as a résistant trained by Britain’s Special Operations Executive.
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Praise for The Saboteur

“Chilling and powerful… This is first-class adventure writing, which, coupled with a true-life narrative of danger and intrigue, adds up to all-night reading.”

The New York Times

“Compelling…written in a novelistic style…and a lively picture of a brave man.”

The Wall Street Journal

The Saboteur is completely engrossing and elegantly told, which means any reader of this work will inevitably want more and more.

The Washington Post

The Saboteur, story of French Resistance fighter, reads like engaging fiction.

USA Today

In his book The Saboteur Kix paints a gripping portrait of a person whose bravery doesn’t allow him to succumb to the pressures of the day.

Vanity Fair

This thoroughly sourced account is highly readable and effectively showcases the life of a fascinating, complex man whose too-little-known role in the Resistance will be of great interest to followers of WWII history.

– Booklist

A winner: the stories are fascinating, the pages nearly turn themselves, and La Rochefoucauld is a true hero.

– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Kix had to do first-class detective work using primary sources to create this riveting story. VERDICT Fans of World War II history will eagerly read this story, which is almost as exciting as a James Bond novel.

– Library Journal

Set in motion by a steamed-open letter and a burning hatred of Hitler, a dashing young aristocrat embarks on a campaign of clandestine warfare. The Saboteur sounds like a World War II spy thriller, but in fact it is a rip-roaring true story, wonderfully told by Paul Kix.

– Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of 13 Hours and Lost in Shangri-La

The Saboteur is a mesmerizing book that builds up propulsive momentum until its final twists. It was a joy to disappear into this story. Like only the very best historical biographers, Paul Kix has turned years of deep reporting into a tightly coiled narrative that you never want to put down.

– Eli Saslow, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President