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Blown: The Incredible Story of John Goldsmith, Gambler, Racehorse Trainer and Wartime Secret Agent (Hardback)
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Blown: The Incredible Story of John Goldsmith, Gambler, Racehorse Trainer and Wartime Secret Agent (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 18/09/2015
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The thrilling true story of John Goldsmith, one of the great unsung heroes of World War Two. An English racehorse trainer and horse dealer's son, he was born and brought up in Paris and spoke fluent French. In 1942 he was recruited in to the legendary Special Operations Executive and dropped three times behind enemy lines. On each of these missions he drew on the nerve and guile that he had acquired in the racing world. In 1943 he organised the escape of a French air force general across the Pyrenees but a few months later he was caught by the Gestapo in Paris only to engineer his own getaway from a locked third floor hotel room. By the end of the war he had been awarded the DSO, MC, Croix de Guerre and Legion d'Honneur. Resuming his peacetime occupation Goldsmith was sent numerous French racehorses to train and found uncanny similarities between the secret agent's life and the black market milieu of Britain's post war racetracks. In partnership with a high stakes Mayfair bookie he went on to orchestrate some of the most audacious betting coups in racing history.

Publisher: Raceform Ltd
ISBN: 9781910498064
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm


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“Blown Away”

A friend recommended this book to me, I wasn't sure, but as soon as I began it I was gripped. I loved the fact that it was a true story, a thrilling tribute to the unsung heroes of WW2 and of one man... More

Hardback edition
16th October 2015
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“Rich in detail but too thin”

I have to say that I was disappointed with this book; not because the subject wasn't interesting or the book wasn't well written. It was exciting, interesting and very entertaining. It was simply too thin,... More

Hardback edition
23rd September 2015
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“Blown Away”

A friend gave me this book to read and I wasn't sure I was going to like it, but as soon as I had read the first chapter I was hooked, its a fantastic and gripping story of a very brave man, an English racehorse... More

Hardback edition
17th October 2015
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