This breathtaking biography, as fast-paced as the very best spy thrillers, illuminates an unsung hero of World War II--Robert de La Rochefoucauld, an aristocrat turned anti-Nazi saboteur--and his daring exploits as a resistance fighter trained by Britain's Special Operations Executive. When the Nazis invaded and imprisoned his father, he escaped to England and learned the dark arts of anarchy and combat. With his newfound skills, he returned to France and organized Resistance cells, blew up fortified compounds and munitions factories, and executed Nazi officers. Caught by the Germans, La Rochefoucauld withstood months of torture without cracking, and escaped his own death, not once but twice. Whatever the mission, whatever the dire circumstance, La Rochefoucauld acquitted himself nobly, with the aplomb of a man of breeding: he was James Bond before Ian Fleming conjured him.