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A Hero of France

A Hero of France
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Random House
Release Date : 2016-05-31
Category : Fiction
Total pages :256
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the bestselling master espionage writer, hailed by Vince Flynn as “the best in the business,” comes a riveting novel about the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST 1941. The City of Light is dark and silent at night. But in Paris and in the farmhouses, barns, and churches of the French countryside, small groups of ordinary men and women are determined to take down the occupying forces of Adolf Hitler. Mathieu, a leader of the French Resistance, leads one such cell, helping downed British airmen escape back to England. Alan Furst’s suspenseful, fast-paced thriller captures this dangerous time as no one ever has before. He brings Paris and occupied France to life, along with courageous citizens who outmaneuver collaborators, informers, blackmailers, and spies, risking everything to fulfill perilous clandestine missions. Aiding Mathieu as part of his covert network are Lisette, a seventeen-year-old student and courier; Max de Lyon, an arms dealer turned nightclub owner; Chantal, a woman of class and confidence; Daniel, a Jewish teacher fueled by revenge; Joëlle, who falls in love with Mathieu; and Annemarie, a willful aristocrat with deep roots in France, and a desire to act. As the German military police heighten surveillance, Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched by the Reich to destroy them all. Shot through with the author’s trademark fine writing, breathtaking suspense, and intense scenes of seduction and passion, Alan Furst’s A Hero of France is at once one of the finest novels written about the French Resistance and the most gripping novel yet by the living master of the spy thriller.

A Hero of France

A Hero of France
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2016
Category : France
Total pages :410
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A Hero in France

A Hero in France
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 2018-01-15
Category : France
Total pages :300
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Spring, 1941. Britain is losing the war. Paris is occupied by the Nazis, dark and silent at night. But when the clouds part, and moonlight floods the city, a Resistance leader called Mathieu steps out to begin his work. The fighters of the French Resistance are determined not to give up. These courageous men and women - young and old, aristocrats and nightclub owners, teachers and students - help downed British airmen reach the border with Spain. They risk everything to open Europe's sealed doors and lead Allied fighters to freedom. But then Mathieu and his team face a new threat, dispatched from the Reich to destroy them all.

And There Was Light

And There Was Light
Author : Jacques Lusseyran
Publisher : New World Library
Release Date : 2014-02-15
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :296
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The book that helped inspire Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See An updated edition of this classic World War II memoir, chosen as one of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century, with a new photo insert and restored passages from the original French edition When Jacques Lusseyran was an eight-year-old Parisian schoolboy, he was blinded in an accident. He finished his schooling determined to participate in the world around him. In 1941, when he was seventeen, that world was Nazi-occupied France. Lusseyran formed a resistance group with fifty-two boys and used his heightened senses to recruit the best. Eventually, Lusseyran was arrested and sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in a transport of two thousand resistance fighters. He was one of only thirty from the transport to survive. His gripping story is one of the most powerful and insightful descriptions of living and thriving with blindness, or indeed any challenge, ever published.

Kingdom of Shadows

Kingdom of Shadows
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Random House Incorporated
Release Date : 2001
Category : Fiction
Total pages :239
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In spymaster Alan Furst's most electrifying thriller to date, Hungarian aristocrat Nicholas Morath—a hugely charismatic hero—becomes embroiled in a daring and perilous effort to halt the Nazi war machine in eastern Europe.

And There was Light

And There was Light
Author : Jacques Lusseyran
Publisher : Morning Light Press
Release Date : 1998
Category : Biography & Autobiography
Total pages :316
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Permanently blinded at a young age, Jacques Lusseyran learned to 'see' the world from within. This keenly developed inner sight enabled him to become a leader of the core of the French Resistance, enduring arrest by the Gestapo and the horrors of Buchenwald. This book is a testament to the joy that exists in all of us, a joy that no conditions - not even the worst - cankill. Lusseryan's inspring autobiography shows how he overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending - literally - to the light inside his own mind.

The World at Night

The World at Night
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Phoenix
Release Date : 2005
Category : World War, 1939-1945
Total pages :304
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Paris 1940. The civilised, upper-class life of film producer Jean Casson ends with the German occupation of the city. Out of money and almost out of luck, Casson attempts to work with a German film company but finds himself drawn into the dark world of espionage and double agents. More used to evading jealous husbands than the secret police, Casson beomes a reluctant spy, torn between honour, patriotism, love and survival.

Red Gold

Red Gold
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Random House Incorporated
Release Date : 2002
Category : Fiction
Total pages :266
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Jean Casson, an anti-hero sought by the Gestapo, becomes involved in an ill-fated 1941 plot to smuggle arms to the Communist Resistance, in a tale of espionage and intrigue set against the backdrop of occupied France.

A Hero of Old France

A Hero of Old France
Author : John Harrington Cox
Publisher : Unknown
Release Date : 1913
Category :
Total pages :160
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Hero or Tyrant? Henry III, King of France, 1574-89

Hero or Tyrant? Henry III, King of France, 1574-89
Author : Robert J. Knecht
Publisher : Routledge
Release Date : 2016-04-22
Category : History
Total pages :370
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King Henry III of France has not suffered well at the hands of posterity. Generally depicted as at best a self-indulgent, ineffectual ruler, and at worst a debauched tyrant responsible for a series of catastrophic political blunders, his reputation has long been a poor one. Yet recent scholarship has begun to question the validity of this judgment and look for a more rounded assessment of the man and his reign. For, as this new biography of Henry demonstrates, there is far more to this fascinating monarch than the pantomime villain depicted by previous generations of historians and novelists. Based upon a rich and diverse range of primary sources, this book traces Henry’s life from his birth in 1551, the sixth child of Henri II and Catherine de’ Medici. It following his upbringing as the Wars of Religion began to tear France apart, his election as king of Poland in 1573, and his assumption of the French crown a year later following the death of his brother Charles IX. The first English-language biography of Henry for over 150 years, this study thoroughly and dispassionately reassesses his life in light of recent scholarship and in the context of broader European diplomatic, political and religious history. In so doing the book not only provides a more nuanced portrait of the monarch himself, but also helps us better understand the history of France during this traumatic time.

Dark Star

Dark Star
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Random House Trade
Release Date : 2002
Category : Fiction
Total pages :446
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As deputy director of one of the Red Orchestra spy networks in Paris, Andre Szara recruits an agent from Berlin who can supply information on German aircraft production and finds himself caught in a crisis of conscience. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

The Spies of Warsaw

The Spies of Warsaw
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Release Date : 2012-12-01
Category : Spy stories
Total pages :368
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On a cool October evening in 1937, German engineer and secret agent Herr Edvard Uhl arrives in Warsaw. He suppresses a chill of fear. Tonight, he will be with his mistress; tomorrow, he will be at a bar, where he will meet with a French military attache. Information will be exchanged for money. War is coming to Europe. And although bombs and bullets have yet to fly, French and German operatives are already caught in a deadly espionage battle. In a war of intelligence and subterfuge, no spy can help being drawn into the murky world of abduction, betrayal and intrigue.

The Foreign Correspondent

The Foreign Correspondent
Author : Alan Furst
Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date : 2007
Category : Fiction
Total pages :273
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In 1939 Paris, the murder of an Italian political âemigrâe by OVRA, Mussolini's secret police, brings new danger to his successor, Carlo Weisz, who finds himself the target of OVRA, MI6, Stalin's NKVD, and Hitler's Gestapo.

Sick Heroes

Sick Heroes
Author : Allan H. Pasco
Publisher : University of Exeter Press
Release Date : 1997
Category : Literary Criticism
Total pages :250
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Sick Heroes examines the cultural practices that created those remarkably offensive, though strangely appealing, romantic heroes that appeared in European and especially in French literature in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Romanticism has long been considered a literary movement, but Pasco broadens its scope and, using methodologies of sociology, psychology, history and literary criticism, suggests that it was a cultural reality born of widespread social factors and sustained by a mass market for novels, poems and plays that popularized attitudes and behaviour. The French romantic hero incarnated and played out the deep-seated needs and dreams of the people of France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Making use of new research materials, Sick Heroes offers fresh insight into the romantic spirit. It sheds light on the particular creations of the romantic world, on the causes for Romanticism, on French Romanticism as an aesthetic and social reality, and on the period's collective mentality.

Against the Pollution of the I

Against the Pollution of the I
Author : Jacques Lusseyran
Publisher : New World Library
Release Date : 2016-01-20
Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
Total pages :160
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Despite being blinded as a child, Jacques Lusseyran went on to help form a key unit of the French Resistance — and survive the Nazis’ Buchenwald concentration camp. He wrote about these experiences in his inspiring memoir And There Was Light. In this remarkable collection of essays, Lusseyran writes of how blindness enabled him to discover aspects of the world that he would not otherwise have known. In “Poetry in Buchenwald,” he describes the unexpected nourishment he and his fellow prisoners found in poetry. In “What One Sees Without Eyes” he describes a divine inner light available to all. Just as Lusseyran transcended his most difficult experiences, his writings give triumphant voice to the human ability to see beyond sight and act with unexpected heroism.