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, Biography Memoir, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Military Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir, 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...
  • 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 learned 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 the...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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: ...
  • Michelle
    Scholar (noun): a specialist in a particular branch of study, especially the humanities; a distinguished academic.Mayhem (noun): violent or damaging disorder; chaos.Scholars of Mayhem is the story of Jean Claude Guiet, an American-born child of French parents who joined the army at 18 years old to fight during World War II. Jean Claude wanted to be a paratrooper; because of his language skills he got drafted into the OSS (Office of Strategic Serv...
  • Larry Shields
    Deeply movingThis story changed the concept of heroism for me. I always thought it was a single mission or event occurring over a few hours or at most over a few days.The story of these men and women surviving behind enemy lines for months, with the threat of discovery and torture and captivity omnipresent, was deeply moving.There was no moment of safety at all. No peaceful sleep, no relaxing dinner amongst friends. For the highest of all purpose...
  • Wes Jones
    My attention was never grabbed when I was reading this book. I was really looking forward to the story, and think if I went back and read it again it might be better. It is a cool WWII story and for those who like war books you should read this one. However, it just didn't live up to my expectations for it.
  • 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.
  • Lewestover
    I've read books about the French resistance forces in WW II. This true story, however, opened my eyes to the work done by the British (and other Allied nations) in strengthening those forces during the critical time surrounding D-Day. I had not idea that a 20-year old American played a vital role in the success of those efforts. It was a fascinating read for me.
  • Marianne Evans
    Man ! Your daddy was one cool dude through and through. Thank you for buying him that laptop and for him opening up his soul and telling us this story. I certainly hope you have more stories lined up for another book of Jean Claude’s heroic adventures.
  • Phil Tomson
    Just happened to find this book in the new books section at the library. Wasn't expecting much. But this turned out to be a very engaging true story of espionage and sabotage in Nazi occupied France in WWII.
  • Kelly
    What a fascinating read, and what an amazing life. I really would like to know more whenever the government de classifies his service records for his service against the Japanese, and later service with the CIA.
  • 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.
  • Joe
    This was a very good Resistance story. Well written and hard to put down.
  • Darlis
    Really enjoyed reading this. After I read "A Woman of No Importance," this is a great companion piece to the history.
  • Barry H.
    4.5 stars
  • Ruth Feathers
  • Paul L'Herrou
    Gripping account of the author's father's service with the OSS during WWII, parachuting into occupied France as a secret radio operator to work with the Maquis. The Mazuis were those who went into hiding to avoid being pressed into forced labor for the Nazis and constituted a major element of the French Resistance.
  • Ron Nurmi
    The bulk of the book covers Jean Claude Guiet recruitment and training to become a member of the OSS and his career in France especially in the Limoges region of France during July 1944.
  • Prakash
    Really awesome
  • 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.