Lisbon

War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945
CD - unabridged
Audio (7 discs)
Product Number: DD4017
Released: Nov 01, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781455121991
Narrator/s: Robin Sachs
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Throughout the Second World War, Lisbon was at the very center of the world's attention and was the only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis powers openly operated. Portugal was frantically trying to hold on to its self-proclaimed wartime neutrality but in reality was increasingly caught in the middle of the economic, and naval, wars between the Allies and the Nazis. The story is not, however, a conventional tale of World War II in that barely a shot was fired or a bomb dropped. Instead, it is a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, opportunism, and double-dealing, all of which took place in the Cidade da Luz and along its idyllic Atlantic coastline. It is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact but came out of it in 1945 much wealthier than it had been when war broke out in 1939. Portugal's emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold. During the war, Lisbon was a temporary home to much of Europe's exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the US, and to a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon's airport as being like the movie Casablanca-times twenty. In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the war's backstage.

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Author(s): Neill Lochery
Genre: History

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Author(s): Neill Lochery
Narrator(s): Robin Sachs
Genre: History
Product Number Z100096209
Released: Jun 21, 2015
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ISBN: #9781481572385

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"Robin Sachs is an apt, if not surprising, choice as narrator for Neill Lochery's polished narrative of intrigue, profit, and ennui in WWII Lisbon. Portugal's precarious neutrality was maintained by the machinations of its proto-fascist dictator, and its wartime balancing act served both sides--and no less Portugal itself, which ended the war with some millions in suspect bullion. Sachs spins out this tale of worldly fortunes with grace and precision, and just the right balance of tone. His voice evokes the era, and like Lochery, an understanding of the complicated motives that drive people, and nations. Lisbon's wartime history--which embraced the fortunes of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, film actor Leslie Howard, and British spy, later novelist Ian Fleming--proves informative, insightful, and fully engaging. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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