“A beautiful collection of writings by schoolmaster-turned-secret agent Harry RÃ©e. . . . Memoirs, postwar broadcasts and letters from French comrades combine to paint a picture of everyday heroism, treachery and tragedy.”-Robert Gildea, author of Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance
“In a book devoted to heroism in its true, self-effacing form, that modesty seems entirely appropriate, and is a tribute both to Ree and to the son who put it together.”-Andrew Holgate, The Sunday TimesÂ
A pacifist school teacher at the start of the war, Harry RÃ©e changed his mind with the fall of France in 1940. He was deployed into a secret branch of the British army and parachuted into central France in April 1943. He soon won the confidence of local resisters and directed a series of dramatic sabotage operations. RÃ©e’s memoirs, superbly edited by his son, the philosopher Jonathan RÃ©e, offer unique insights into life in the French Resistance, and into the anxiety, folly and pity of war.