Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser

Out today in paperback:
(Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!)
The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser is nonfiction at its best!  A mix of history and biography with a suspense novel feel, this book is truly a must-read.  Its gripping storytelling, vivid details, rich history, and realistic portrayal of heroes is simply unputdownable.  I found myself settling down with this book for the night and turning the last page late into the early morning. I was completely hooked and felt my heart breaking and bursting for this family's experience and their story. 

So, what's the book about?  Here's a quick summary:

"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, AndrĂ© 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. AndrĂ© 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."

How amazing does that sound?  I think that anyone interested in history, specifically the French Resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris will be fascinated by The Cost of Courage.  It is no doubt a must-read for history buffs.  I absolutely enjoyed every minute I spent with this powerful story - it was unforgettable reading experience.

I would happily recommend The Cost of Courage to fans of Charles Kaiser's writing and fans of history books - you will LOVE this book!!

Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!


Lark said...

You don't hear about this side of WWII very often. This sounds like a very interesting book. Too bad my brain is too tired for this much history these days. :D Maybe this summer.

Nadia said...

Lark, I know! That's what attracted me to this book. Definitely check it out later on when you have more time :) Summer reading is always fun!