(Review) The Cost of Courage by Charles Kaiser

Publication Date: June 16, 2015.
Publisher: Other Press. 
Genre: Nonfiction, French Resistance during World War II, Nazi Germany, Boulloche family.
Pages: 288.
Source: Free ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Rating: 5 stars for excellent.

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The Cost of Courage is the story of the history of World War II, the Nazi German occupation, and one family who worked in the French Resistance for liberty.
The Boulloche family comprised of the parents, two sons, and two daughters. Three of the children while in their 20s were members of the resistance.

My Thoughts:
World War II and the Holocaust are two genres I read frequently. My dad was in the army during World War II and he was a D-day Veteran landing on Omaha Beach. From an early age, I had an interest in World War II history. Listening to the stories dad shared with mother and I at the dinner table kindled the interest and it has never left.
The Cost of Courage centers around the Boulloche family; however, the historical events of World War II is told chronologically along with the family's work and personal lives during the war.
The Cost of Courage is a narrative nonfiction book. It is both a history nonfiction piece and the memoir of a family.
What I loved about The Cost of Courage:

  • Charles Kaiser shares how he came to know the family, which showed me he had more than a historical interest in the family's resistance work during World War II, but an intimate personal interest. 
  • The Boulloche family was a blend of different personalities and beliefs, yet they were dedicated and devoted to one another. 
  • Detailed description of the French Resistance. The Boulloche's each had duties to perform and this is depicted.
  • I had a strong investment in the story. Two strong points led me to be invested from the first page: The love and selfless drive of the Boulloche family. They were willing to risk their lives for the safety and survival of each other. Further, their devotion and dedication to Paris and France. A second reason is the recreation of what Parisians lived through during the Nazi German occupation. 
  • Life after the occupation for the Boulloche family. The book follows the rebuilding of their lives and how the war affected them personally and to the next generation.  


  1. I also just posted my review of it: http://wordsandpeace.com/2015/07/11/book-review-the-cost-of-courage-i-love-france-156/


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