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The Cost of Courage
by Charles Kaiser


Overview - "The result is a mix of history, biography and memoir which reads like a nerve-racking thriller." -- The Guardian (US)

This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer who has known and admired the family for five decades

In the autumn of 1943, Andre Boulloche became de Gaulle's military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in the nine northern regions of France only to be betrayed by one of his associates, arrested, wounded by the Gestapo, and taken prisoner.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"The result is a mix of history, biography and memoir which reads like a nerve-racking thriller." --The Guardian (US)

This heroic true story of the three youngest children of a bourgeois Catholic family who worked together in the French Resistance is told by an American writer who has known and admired the family for five decades

In the autumn of 1943, Andre Boulloche became de Gaulle's military delegate in Paris, coordinating all the Resistance movements in the nine northern regions of France only to be betrayed by one of his associates, arrested, wounded by the Gestapo, and taken prisoner. His sisters carried on the fight without him until the end of the war. Andre survived three concentration camps and later became a prominent French politician who devoted the rest of his life to reconciliation of France and Germany. His parents and oldest brother were arrested and shipped off on the last train from Paris to Germany before the liberation, and died in the camps. Since then, silence has been the Boulloches's answer to dealing with the unbearable. This is the first time the family has cooperated with an author to recount their extraordinary ordeal.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781590516140
  • ISBN-10: 1590516141
  • Publisher: Other Press (NY)
  • Publish Date: June 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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Books > History > Europe - France
Books > History > Military - World War II
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-04-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Kaiser (1968 in America), a former New York Times reporter, draws on historical documents, interviews, and private letters in this vivid family portrait that examines four siblings’ heroic contribution to the French resistance of WWII. Prior to the war, the Boulloche family enjoyed a liberal, bourgeois Parisian life. But in 1940 their son Andre, a dashing 24-year-old lieutenant stationed in Algeria, committed to “join the secret war against the Germans,” and soon his brother and sisters followed suit. Four years later Andre—pseudonym: Armand; codename: Hypotenuse—was handpicked by General De Gaulle to organize those in the Resistance known as the “Maquis.” Kaiser opens with Andre’s 1944 arrest by the Gestapo, retracing his transformation from highway engineer to secret agent. Rather than swallowing his cyanide pill, Andre becomes a “leader of his fellow prisoners” and is sent to a concentration camp. The Gestapo searches for his sister Christiane, a hero in her own right, but when the search proves unsuccessful, they seize and condemn her parents and older brother. Part two follows the family’s postwar rebuilding as Andre, who briefly served in De Gaulle’s cabinet, becomes a spokesman for the Socialist party. Kaiser’s use of Andre’s first-person narration can be distracting, but otherwise this is a riveting paean to unsung war heroes in occupied France. (June)

 
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