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

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'The incredible story of the man who went from trying to win the Grand National to playing a key role in co-ordinating the French Resistance.' Daily Express An English racehorse trainer and horse dealer's son, John Goldsmith was born and brought up in Paris and spoke fluent French. In 1942 he was recruited in to the legendary Special Operations Executive, or SOE, and dropped three times behind enemy lines. 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 in 1946 Goldsmith was sent numerous French racehorses to train. He found uncanny similarities between the secret agent's milieu and the black market world of Britain's post war racetracks and, in partnership with a high stakes Mayfair bookie, he orchestrated some of the most audacious betting coups in racing history.

Publisher: Raceform Ltd
ISBN: 9781910498453
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 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

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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

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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

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