Americans in Paris

Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation
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Released: Jun 21, 2015
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Acclaimed journalist Charles Glass looks to the American expatriate experience of Nazi-occupied Paris to reveal a fascinating forgotten history of the greatest generation. In Americans in Paris, tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival unfold season by season as renowned journalist Charles Glass tells the story of a remarkable cast of expatriates and their struggles in Nazi Paris. Before the Second World War began, approximately thirty thousand Americans lived in Paris, and when war broke out in 1939 almost five thousand remained. As citizens of a neutral nation, the Americans in Paris believed they had little to fear. They were wrong. Glass' discovery of letters, diaries, war documents, and police files reveals as never before how Americans were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration, and courage. Artists, writers, scientists, playboys, musicians, cultural mandarins, and ordinary businessmen-all were swept up in extraordinary circumstances and tested as few Americans before or since. These stories come together to create a unique portrait of an eccentric, original, and diverse American community. Charles Glass has written an exciting, fast-paced, and elegant account of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Parisduring France's dangerous occupation years. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until US troops liberated Paris in August 1944, Americans were intimately caught up in the city's fate. Americans in Paris is an unforgettable tale of treachery by some, cowardice by others, and unparalleled bravery by a few.

Author(s): Charles Glass
Genre: History
Original Publish Date: Nov 12, 2010

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Author(s): Charles Glass
Genre: History
Product Number EB00389689
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9781101195567

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"The American community in Paris under Nazi occupation is a wonderful subject, and Glass tells its story admirably. This book about people, not places, is really a braided biography of the Americans in Paris at that time who were prominent (or controversial) enough to merit published biographies or memoirs after the war. In looking at a world with many shades of collaboration, Glass's approach is generally nonjudgmental. He rightly extols the heroism of the American doctor Sumner Jackson, a central character in the story. Malcolm Hillgartner's deep, rich voice presents the story with interest and without unnecessary drama. He avoids corny accents in his presentation of dialogue, and his pronunciations in French and German are careful and clear. F.C. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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