A large crowd heard the untold history from non-fiction author, Kendrick Kirk; (photo at right, with his wife, Claire) during his presentation to the "Booked for Lunch" attendees on January 18th.
During World War II, the French Resistance played a vital role in the Allied victory. Supported by Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) in London, Resistance networks were formed, led and equipped by SOE agents.
“Messages in Handlebars” is a true, previously untold story of undaunted resistance to the Nazis authored by Kendrick Kirk. It recaps the experiences of the Auduc family, who provided essential support to the network formed around Le Mans, France, by an American OSS agent and a French SOE agent.
The Auduc's oldest son, Jean-Jacques, became the youngest Resistance fighter to be awarded the Croix de Guerre. He was also awarded the U. S. Medal of Freedom and the French Legion of Honor for heroism as a 12 year old. Other members of this heroic family were similarly distinguished.
The history of the Auduc family and their fellow resistants teach us how much people will sacifce to gain freedom from an oppressor. You'll learn how American, British, Canadian and French worked in cloaked secrecy and harmony to rid the world of the greatest evil in recorded history.
ABOUT THE AUTHORKendrick Kirk began his business career with Lockheed Aircraft where he almost single-handedly designed a word processor system. Next, he was an international banker in Western Europe. This led to a corporate banking position with Credit Suisse; he managed their Atlanta office. Later he developed residential real estate for over 430 properties. Concurrently, Mr. Kirk taught finance at Kennesaw State University. Having purchased Château RiveSarthe near Malicorne, France, in 2005, he lives near the epicenter of the Auduc’s Resistance activities.