Sudden Courage by Ronald C. Rosbottom audiobook

Sudden Courage: Youth in France Confront the Germans, 1940-1945

By Ronald C. Rosbottom
Read by Michael David Axtell

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062470027
10.10 Hours Unabridged
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The author of the acclaimed When Paris Went Dark, longlisted for the National Book Award, returns to World War II once again to tell the incredible story of the youngest members of the French Resistance—many only teenagers—who waged a hidden war against the Nazi occupiers and their collaborators in Paris and across France. On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation.  Most citizens adapted and many even allied themselves with the new fascist leadership. Yet others refused to capitulate; in answer to the ruthless violence, shortages, and curfews imposed by the Nazis, a resistance arose. Among this shadow army were Jews, immigrants, communists, workers, writers, police officers, shop owners, including many young people in their teens and twenties. Ronald Rosbottom tells the riveting story of how those brave and untested youth went from learning about literature to learning the art of sabotage, from figuring out how to solve an equation to how to stealthily avoid patrols, from passing notes to stealing secrets—and even learning how to kill. The standard challenges of adolescence were amplified and distorted. Sudden Courage brilliantly evokes this dark and uncertain period, from the beginning of the occupation until the last German left French soil. A chronicle of youthful sacrifice and courage in the face of evil, it is a story that holds relevance for our own time, when democratic nations are once again under threat from rising nativism and authoritarianism. Beyond that, it is a riveting investigation about what it means for a young person to come of age under unpredictable and violent circumstances.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The author of the acclaimed When Paris Went Dark, longlisted for the National Book Award, returns to World War II once again to tell the incredible story of the youngest members of the French Resistance—many only teenagers—who waged a hidden war against the Nazi occupiers and their collaborators in Paris and across France.

On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into Paris. Eight days later, France accepted a humiliating defeat and foreign occupation.  Most citizens adapted and many even allied themselves with the new fascist leadership. Yet others refused to capitulate; in answer to the ruthless violence, shortages, and curfews imposed by the Nazis, a resistance arose. Among this shadow army were Jews, immigrants, communists, workers, writers, police officers, shop owners, including many young people in their teens and twenties.

Ronald Rosbottom tells the riveting story of how those brave and untested youth went from learning about literature to learning the art of sabotage, from figuring out how to solve an equation to how to stealthily avoid patrols, from passing notes to stealing secrets—and even learning how to kill. The standard challenges of adolescence were amplified and distorted.

Sudden Courage brilliantly evokes this dark and uncertain period, from the beginning of the occupation until the last German left French soil. A chronicle of youthful sacrifice and courage in the face of evil, it is a story that holds relevance for our own time, when democratic nations are once again under threat from rising nativism and authoritarianism. Beyond that, it is a riveting investigation about what it means for a young person to come of age under unpredictable and violent circumstances.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An exceptional account…His melding of foreign conquest and adolescence offers a unique perspective of what happened in France during the Occupation…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“This audiobook history of the role of youthful resisters—teens, young adults, even children, many of them girls and young women—puts the focus on those who were most idealistic and committed, and often the most daring. Narrator Michael David Axtell keeps a steady, active pace. His delivery is expressive and empathetic, and he maintains dramatic tension without dramatizing…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Captivating…This is a moving chronicle of youthful courage and sacrifice.” Publishers Weekly
“A fine history that brings back to light the contributions of the younger, often forgotten resistance fighters.” Kirkus Reviews
“A complicated and inspiring portrait of youthful resistants: their successes, their failures, their occasional inconsistency and their undoubted courage.” Shelf Awareness

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Author Bio: Ronald C. Rosbottom

Author Bio: Ronald C. Rosbottom

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 10.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English