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    Caroline Moorehead(Author)

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In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time--a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship. Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished biographer, human rights journalist, and the author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of Mitchell Zuckoff's Lost in Shangri-La, Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, and Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II--a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

"Haunting account of bravery, friendship, and endurance."--Marie Claire"As chronicled by Moorehead with unblinking accuracy, their agonies are appalling to contemplate, their stories of survival and friendship under duress enthralling to hear."--More magazine"Moorehead...traces the lives and deaths of all her subjects with unswerving candor and compassion.... In Moorehead's telling, neither evil nor good is banal; and if the latter doesn't always triumph, it certainly inspires."--Elysa Gardner, USA Today"Compelling.... Moorehead weaves into her suspenseful, detailed narrative myriad personal stories of friendship, courage, and heartbreak."--Kirkus Reviews"By turns heartbreaking and inspiring."--Caroline Weber, New York Times Book Review"As Moorehead delves deeply into the women's fight for survival, her narrative seamlessly comes together in order to share a significant part of history whose time has come to be heard."--Meganne Fabrega, Christian Science Monitor"A compelling account of human suffering and courage in the face of appalling brutality. And by the careful use of detail, and an almost obsessive curiosity, Ms. Moorehead has succeeded in frustrating one of the main aims of the Nazis'...the memory of 'le Convoi des 3100' has not disappeared."--Patrick Marnham, Wall Street Journal"Heightened by electrifying, and staggering, detail, Moorehead's riveting history stands as a luminous testament to the indomitable will to survive and the unbreakable bonds of friendship."--Booklist (starred review)"A necessary book.... Compelling and moving.... The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post"[A] moving novelistic portrait.... An inspiring and fascinating read."--Meredith Maran, People (3 ? stars)"A necessary book. . . . Compelling and moving. . . . The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post"Moorehead. . . . traces the lives and deaths of all her subjects with unswerving candor and compassion. . . . In Moorehead's telling, neither evil nor good is banal; and if the latter doesn't always triumph, it certainly inspires."--Elysa Gardner, USA Today"An extremely moving and intensely personal history of the Auschwitz universe as experienced by these women. . . . A powerful and moving book."--Natasha Lehrer, Times Literary Supplement (UK)"Compelling . . . Moorehead weaves into her suspenseful, detailed narrative myriad personal stories of friendship, courage, and heartbreak."--Kirkus Reviews"The first complete account of these extraordinary women and, incredibly, over 60 years later we are still learning new and terrible truths about the Holocaust. . . . An important new perspective. . . . Careful research and sensitive retelling."--Buzzy Jackson, Boston Sunday Globe"[Moorehead] traces the lives and deaths of all her subjects with unswerving candor and compassion. . . . In Moorehead's telling, neither evil nor good is banal; and if the latter doesn't always triumph, it certainly inspires."--Elysa Gardner, USA Today"A miraculous story about friendship and the will to overcome extraordinary cruelty, heartache and loss."--The Jewish Journal, "Best Books of 2011""[A] moving novelistic portrait. . . . An inspiring and fascinating read."--Meredith Maran, People (3? stars)By turns heartbreaking and inspiring. --Caroline Weber, New York Times Book Review"[A] moving novelistic portrait.... An inspiring and fascinating read. --Meredith Maran, People (3? stars)"An extremely moving and intensely personal history of the Auschwitz universe as experienced by these women.... A powerful and moving book. --Natasha Lehrer, Times Literary Supplement (UK)"[Moorehead] traces the lives and deaths of all her subjects with unswerving candor and compassion.... In Moorehead s telling, neither evil nor good is banal; and if the latter doesn t always triumph, it certainly inspires. --Elysa Gardner, USA Today"As chronicled by Moorehead with unblinking accuracy, their agonies are appalling to contemplate, their stories of survival and friendship under duress enthralling to hear. --More magazine"Haunting account of bravery, friendship, and endurance. --Marie Claire"Compelling... Moorehead weaves into her suspenseful, detailed narrative myriad personal stories of friendship, courage, and heartbreak. --Kirkus Reviews"Heightened by electrifying, and staggering, detail, Moorehead s riveting history stands as a luminous testament to the indomitable will to survive and the unbreakable bonds of friendship. --Booklist (starred review)"Even history s darkest moments can be illuminated by spectacular courage, such as courage that Caroline Moorehead movingly celebrates in "A Train in Winter."... Moorehead has created a somber account, sensitively rendered, of yet another grim legacy of war. --Judith Chettle, Richmond Times-Dispatch"The first complete account of these extraordinary women and, incredibly, over 60 years later we are still learning new and terrible truths about the Holocaust.... An important new perspective.... Careful research and sensitive retelling. --Buzzy Jackson, Boston Sunday Globe"A necessary book.... Compelling and moving.... The literature of wartime France and the Holocaust is by now so vast as to confound the imagination, but when a book as good as this comes along, we are reminded that there is always room for something new. --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post"As Moorehead delves deeply into the women s fight for survival, her narrative seamlessly comes together in order to share a significant part of history whose time has come to be heard. --Meganne Fabrega, Christian Science Monitor"A miraculous story about friendship and the will to overcome extraordinary cruelty, heartache and loss. --The Jewish Journal, "Best Books of 2011""Even history's darkest moments can be illuminated by spectacular courage, such as courage that Caroline Moorehead movingly celebrates in A Train in Winter. . . . Moorehead has created a somber account, sensitively rendered, of yet another grim legacy of war."--Judith Chettle, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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  • PDF | 597 pages
  • Caroline Moorehead(Author)
  • HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (8 Nov. 2011)
  • English
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  • By KCD on 23 May 2017

    This book should be compulsory reading. It takes us into the dark heart of the evil of WW2 in France and follows the stories of some remarkable women, a very few of whom survived. Because those few were lucky and resilient enough to survive the utter indescribable horror of those times, we can know something of what they went through. It is great credit to Caroline Moorehead that she has written this book. It was hard enough to read. It must have been unbearable to write. But we need to read and understand what utter depravity human beings are capable of. And the strength of friendship and love that also makes us human. Unforgettable.

  • By e.m.luxton on 18 June 2017

    Not an easy book to read because it follows the lives of French women resisters to the Nazi regime in the prison camps and the concentration camps. Very moving and obviously thoroughly researched, it demonstrates the power of close and loving friendship in times of dreadful adversity.


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