Scholars of Mayhem by Daniel C. Guiet

Scholars of Mayhem

The astonishing untold story of the author's father, the lone American on a 4-person SOE commando team dropped behind German lines in France, whose epic feats of irregular warfare proved vital in keeping Nazi tanks away from Normandy after D-Day.When Daniel Guiet was a child and his family moved country, as they frequently did, his father had one possession, a tin bread box, that always made the trip. Daniel was admonished never to touch the box,...

Details Scholars of Mayhem

TitleScholars of Mayhem
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, War, World War II, Military Fiction, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Scholars of Mayhem

  • Peter A
    This book, co-written by the son, tells the story of Jean Claude Guiet during his days preparing for and serving in a team of Special Operations Executive commandos in German occupied France right after D-Day. The team consisted of four members: Philippe Liewer, Violette Szabo (about whom there is a book and a movie “Carve Her Name with Pride”), Bob Maloubier, and Jen Claude Guiet. The story is told simply, yet at times conveys the tension of...
  • Steve
    An excellent as well as an interesting book. I enjoy reading about World War II spies and this one as well as the others was great!!! The author's father, Jean Claude Guiet was a American citizen, but born in France. He was recruited by the British SOE to set up operations behind enemy lines in France before the D Day invasion. This book tells of the training and well as the weapons used by the SOE such as daggers and the Welrod pistol, specializ...
  • Joop Debruin
    I grew up next door to a couple, he was an American and she was French. Both were Jews. I knew he was originally in the OSS, and parachuted behind enemy lines into France, and that's where he met her. However as I got older and learn more history there were still some questions that I had about facts not lining up. Not to say their sons lied about anything, but it didn't match what I was learning about the OSS. This book clearly shows that they w...
  • Richard Santos
    We will never run out of amazing World War II stories. Ever. Daniel Guiet wrote an exciting, personal book about his father who (as a covert agent for Churchill’s “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare”) played a key role in helping organize the French Resistance. Although, in some ways, his father’s life after WWII (weird CIA stuff, odd defense contractor jobs, resisting the Vietnam War) is just as compelling. I interviewed the author here: ...
  • Max
    Jean Claude Guiet is a real-life super hero. How could a 20 year old American go behind enemy lines during the D-Day invasion and help defeat the Nazi occupation in France? He did and with no recognition, from the France or the United States. An astonishing story about the infancy of the CIA (then the OSS) and how these brave men and women served because it was the right thing to do.
  • Pamela
    I won this book from the Goodreads giveaway. Scholars of Mayhem tells the story of Jean Claude, an agent in France during WWII. I found it very educational. This is a part of history I knew little about. There are so few WWII veterans alive and I think it is important to hear their stories and have them preserved in history for the future.
  • Susan's Books
    This book was interesting in that it covered something I'd never read about before. However, it bogged down in places & I don't think I would have missed out on much by not reading it.
  • John Dolbee
    Book went by very fast. A great story that I wish was expanded on even more during the war and past his involvement in Europe. Great read.
  • Milo Geyelin
    This is first-rate reporting, historical reconstruction and writing. It’s a remarkable story, terrifically and lovingly told. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
  • Jacquie
    Fascinating story of a time when everyone seemed to want to give all. Incredible that women were not only included, but we're valued. I'm so glad Daniel was able to tell his father's story.