The Cost of Courage

The Cost of Courage

by Charles Kaiser


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"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, André 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. André 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590516140
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/16/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Charles Kaiser is the author of 1968 in America, one of the most admired popular histories of the music, politics, and culture of the 1960s, and The Gay Metropolis, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Lambda Literary Award winner. He lives in New York City.

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André is a handsome twenty-eight-year-old with brown hair and thick eyebrows that hover over a permanent glint in his eye.  Nearly six feet tall, he walks with a tempered, youthful swagger.  Before the war, friends considered him something of a dandy.
André has been ordered back to occupied France by Charles de Gaulle, to be the general’s personal military delegate in Paris.  Pseudonym: Armand; code name:  Hypotenuse; André’s charge from the renegade general is to bring some order to the burgeoning Resistance movements now operating in eleven different departments in northern France...Like everyone in the Resistance arriving from England, he also carries a cyanide pill in his pants pocket.  It will stay there, always–unless he is arrested.  When he touches it with his index finger, it feels like insurance against torture.  Or, perhaps, like his destiny.  Either way, he knows he will swallow it if he is captured by the Germans.
A certain fatalism fuels his fearlessness.  But there is one irony that probably escapes him: the only thing that might muffle his heroism could be his own survival.

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The Cost of Courage 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is not really well done. Slow in places. I think the authors political views were really unnecesary and had no bering on the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read about what it's like to be in the French resistance during WW II. You will feel like your there experiencing everything that went on day to day and realize how crucial the resistance movement was in winning the war.
55T-Bird More than 1 year ago
In addition to recounting the exploits of one family in their work with the French resistance movement, Mr. Kaiser has given an excellent overview of the work of the whole movement to support the Free French government in exile, liaison between collaborators, support the Allies and contribute to the liberation of France. He has also shown how vital was the work of the resistance movement. Having not previously read much of this aspect of history, I found the book to be interesting and informative although somewhat surface-deep only in the amount of detail provided. The author however, has a jarring writing style which made the recounting of details seem very rushed and chaotic. He writes primarily in the present tense as if he is writing a newspaper account of present day happenings. But then he inexplicably, albeit only occasionally, slips into the more appropriate past tense. When one reads a historical work it shouldn't make them feel like they are trying to hastily catch up on all of the day's most current newspaper articles but rather calmly and deliberately strolling through the lives of those who have lived before us. I learned many things I didn't know before and for that reason the book was useful but I felt exhausted after reading it because if the writing style. I'm a bit perplexed that this is an award-winning book.
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IndieRevival More than 1 year ago
A very personal and touching description of the French resistance through one family's eyes. Many things I hadn't heard about before.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
too much padding
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