Join local author Paul Kix for a discussion, reading, and signing of his critically-acclaimed book, The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando.
A scion of one of the most storied families in France, Robert de La Rochefoucauld was raised in a magnificent chateau and educated in Europe’s finest schools. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, La Rochefoucauld escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat—cracking safes and planting bombs and killing with his bare hands—from a collection of British spies, beloved by Winston Churchill, who altered the war in Europe with their covert tactics. With his newfound skills, La Rochefoucauld returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, interfered with Germany’s wartime missions, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucauld withstood months of torture and escaped his own death sentence, not once but twice. A breathtaking work of narrative nonfiction, as fast-paced and emotionally intuitive as the very best spy thrillers, The Saboteur illuminates this unsung hero of the French resistance, bringing La Rochefoucauld brilliantly to life.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Main Library, 6 Monteith Drive
Paul Kix is a deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, New York, Men’s Journal, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. He lives in Farmington with his wife and children.