This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life…

Resistance and Betrayal: The Death and Life of the Greatest Hero of the… (2000)

by Patrick Marnham

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
631286,419 (3.5)None
Relates the story of Jean Moulin, the enigmatic and mythic hero of the French Resistance, describing his early life, his career during the war, the betrayal that led to his capture by the Nazis, and his heroic death.



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

The problem with biographies of Jean Moulin is that he was such a secretive figure it's hard to build a page count out of him. One almost suspects the fury of controversal opinions on his 'true' political views and who betrayed the meeting in Caluire* has sprung up solely to help authors produce something longer than a phamplet.

Marnham does an able job over coming this using secondary sources. For example, it's known that Jean Moulin was a 'lord of misrule' for a while in his youth when he had to attend the same school where his father taught history. So in addition to what facts are known about those years, Marnham includes a quote from another person who was in the same position growing up: Graham Greene. He also quotes Thomas Merton's description of what such a school was like. This literary device does a good job of filling in the gaps.

All in all, a fascinating story told well and with rich details.

(*I say Malrux did it, in the library, with the candlestick. Man was just so eager to make that speech! ;-)
  willoughby | Sep 28, 2005 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Originally published in Great Britain as "The Death of Jean Moulin: Biography of a Ghost," by John Murray Publishers, London, 2001.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


No library descriptions found.

Book description
The story of France's iconic Resistance hero, Jean Moulin. He was General DeGaulle's emissary and operated in a secretive and uncertain world. The book explores the possibilities of his betrayal to the Gestapo and death. Although tortured, he never gave up any information. His body was never found.

This work was originally published in Great Britain as The death of Jean Moulin: biography of a ghost, by John Murray (Publishers), London, in 2000

Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.5)
3 2
4.5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 138,133,808 books! | Top bar: Always visible