Scholars of mayhem : my father's secret war in Nazi-occupied France

by Guiet, Daniel

Format: Print Book 2019
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Scholars of Mayhem tells the story of Jean Claude Guiet and the other three agents in his 'circuit,' codenamed Salesman, a unit of Britain's Special Operations Executive, the secret service ordered by Churchill to 'Set Europe ablaze.' Parachuted into France the day after D-Day, the Salesman team organized, armed, and commanded a ghostly army of 10,000 French Resistance fighters. National pride has kept the story of SOE in France obscure, but of this there is no doubt: While the Resistance had plenty of heart, it was SOE that gave it teeth and claws.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jean Claude Guiet was a highly intelligent, cultured, and handsome Franco-American. Having barely escaped from a visit to France when the Nazis invaded, Guiet was soon recruited to serve in the Allied Special Operations efforts to resist Nazi occupation. This secret agent wrote an unpublished memoir, and that, along with official documents, provide the source materials for this astonishing tale of heroic clandestine work during WWII written by journalist Smith and Guiet's son. As part of Operation Salesman II, Guiet and his team played a pivotal role in preventing an elite SS Panzer division from moving north to counterattack the Allied landings in Normandy. This well-composed and gripping story contains fresh and illuminating details about the organization and methodology of England's Special Operations Executive and the America's Office of Strategic Services. Serving as the wireless operator for a team that supplied, trained, and led French Maquis guerrillas was only the opening act in Guiet's long, covert career. Scholars of Mayhem lives up to its enticing title. It's an exciting, informative, and stirring tribute to a heretofore secret war hero's life.--James Pekoll Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this thrilling true story, Guiet and journalist Smith take readers on a mission with an elite unit of the Special Operations Executive, Winston Churchill's secret espionage organization. Jean Claude Guiet (the coauthor's father), a dual citizen of France and the U.S. who was raised in the former and spoke near-accentless French, was recruited as the wireless expert for the team at age 20. His teammates were Violette Szabo, courier and messenger; Bob Maloubier, weapons and training specialist; and Phillipe Liewer, their leader. Guiet and Smith piece together letters, coded reports, and interview transcripts to reconstruct the activities of the team, which parachuted into occupied France near Limoges the day after D-Day to irritate, frustrate, and wreak havoc on a Nazi Panzer tank division, preventing it from progressing to Normandy Beach, and to coordinate air drops of weapons to the local resisters. As the authors write, "They were not expected to survive," but the operation, code-named Salesmen II, was highly successful, stopping the Panzer tanks' progress and eventually retaking villages from the Nazi occupiers. The authors combine strong research and well-paced, suspenseful writing. This nail-biting real-life spy tale will enthrall readers. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Guiet, Jean Claude.
Great Britain. -- Special Operations Executive -- Biography.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Espionage, American -- France -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France.
Espionage, British -- France.
Publisher New York :2019
Contributors Smith, Timothy (Timothy K.), author.
Language English
Description xvii, 252 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-241) and index.
ISBN 9780735225206
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