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Resistance and Betrayal:

The Death and Life of the Greatest Hero of the French Resistance

Hardcover (320 pages), kindle
Jean Moulin's story remains full of unanswered questions, the truth of his life being far more complicated than the legend of him that grew after the war.

Resistance and Betrayal:

“Enthralling and intelligent, a masterly exploration of
the sinister labyrinth that was wartime France . . .
It is a remarkable book, utterly fascinating.”
—Allan Massie

Not long after 2:00 p.m. on June 21, 1943, eight men met in secret at a doctor’s house in Lyon. They represented the warring factions of the French Resistance and had been summoned by General de Gaulle’s new envoy, a man most of them knew simply as “Max.”

Minutes after the last man entered the house, the Gestapo broke in, led by Klaus Barbie, the infamous “Butcher of Lyon.” The fate awaiting Barbie’s prisoners was torture, deportation, and death. “Max” was tortured sadistically but never broke: he took his many secrets to his grave. In that moment, the legend of Jean Moulin was born.

Who betrayed Jean Moulin? And who was this enigmatic hero, a man as skilled in deception as he was in acts of heroism? After the war, his ashes were transferred to the Panthéon—France’s highest honor—where his memory is revered alongside that of Voltaire and Victor Hugo. But Moulin’s story is full of unanswered questions: the truth of his life is far more complicated than the legend conveniently manufactured by de Gaulle.

Resistance and Betrayal tells for the first time in English the epic story of France’s greatest war hero, a Schindler-like character of ambiguous motivation. A winner of the Marsh Prize for biography, praised by Graham Greene and Julian Barnes, Patrick Marnham is a brilliant storyteller with a keen appreciation for the complex maze of moral compromises navigated in times of war. Told with the drama and suspense of the best espionage fiction, Resistance and Betrayal brings to life the dark and duplicitous world of the French Resistance and offers a startling conclusion to one of the great unsolved mysteries of the Second World War.

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“Excellent, penetrating, fully researched and very well written . . . Adds to our understanding not only of Simenon’s art but of
the art of the novel itself.” —Muriel Spark

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Related Scanning WWII dates...

  • 21 Aug 41: First violent act of resistance against the Germans in Paris
  • 22 Oct 41: Fifty local hostages are shot in Nantes in reprisal for Resistance assassination
  • 24 Oct 41: Jean Moulin meets in London with Charles de Gaulle
  • 01 Jan 42: Jean Moulin organizes French Resistance groups
  • 27 May 43: First unified meeting of French Resistance groups takes place
  • 21 Jun 43: French Resistance leader Jean Moulin is arrested
  • 08 Jul 43: French Resistance leader Jean Moulin dies from torturous interrogations
  • 19 Dec 43: French Resistance battles German troops in Bernex in eastern France
  • 10 May 44: French Resistance claims they have over 100,000 fighters
  • 20 May 44: Eisenhower broadcasts groups in preparation for the invasion
  • 01 Jun 44: BBC broadcasts first line of poem to signal invasion within two weeks
  • 05 Jun 44: BBC broadcasts second line of poem to signal invasion within 48 hours
  • 19 Aug 44: French Resistance fighters rise up in Paris against occupying troops
  • 29 Aug 44: French Resistance continues to route Germans following liberation of Paris

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