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Paris After the Liberation

by Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper

Paris After the Liberation Synopsis

Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper's Paris After Liberation: 1944-1949 is a remarkable historical account of the chaos and uncertainty that followed the liberation of Paris in August, 1944 'A beautifully written book about a vast tapestry of military, political and social upheaval. Remarkably well-researched, wise, balanced, very funny at times . . . I was a witness to events in Paris in the first desperate, glorious, mad weeks, and this is just how it was' Dirk Bogarde Post-liberation Paris: an epoch charged with political and conflicting emotions. Liberation was greeted with joy but marked by recriminations and the trauma of purges. The feverish intellectual arguments of the young took place amidst the mundane reality of hunger and fuel shortages. This is a thrilling, unsurpassed account of the drama and upheaval of one of history's most fascinating eras. 'A dashing, multi-dimensional story. This book covers all aspects of life - diplomacy, strategy, rationing, politics and politicking (from Churchill, Petain's and de Gaulle's point of view), the international theatricals and the tourist invasion, blitzkrieg and Ritzkrieg - to create a lovely tapestry, threaded with facts and figures' Olivier Todd, Sunday Times 'Absorbing . . . a rich, many-layered account, selecting from official documents, private archives, memoirs and histories with a wonderful lightness of touch, so that the most complex events become clear' Jenny Uglow, Independent on Sunday Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.

Paris After the Liberation Press Reviews

Absorbing . . . a rich, many-layered account, selecting from official documents, private archives, memoirs and histories with a wonderful lightness of touch, so that the most complex events become clear -- Jenny Uglow * Independent on Sunday * A dashing, multi-dimensional story. This book covers all aspects of life - diplomacy, strategy, rationing, politics and politicking (from Churchill, Petain's and de Gaulle's point of view), the international theatricals and the tourist invasion, blitzkrieg and Ritzkrieg - to create a lovely tapestry, threaded with facts and figures -- Olivier Todd * Sunday Times * A beautifully written book about a vast tapestry of military, political and social upheaval. Remarkably well-researched, wise, balanced, very funny at times . . . I was a witness to events in Paris in the first desperate, glorious, mad weeks, and this is just how it was -- Dirk Bogarde A perceptive portrait of Paris in its heyday -- J. G. Ballard * The Times * There is hardly any aspect of French life during that period which the authors do not explore, always with compelling liveliness and omniverous zeal. . . I shall return gratefully to it again and again -- Alistair Horne * The European * To understand France today you should read this book about France yesterday . . . a wonderfully enjoyable picture. It is compulsive reading -- Mark Bonham-Carter * Evening Standard * This book, like the city it discusses, oscillates satisfyingly between blunt history and roistering gossip -- Frank Delaney * Sunday Express * Held me gripped by every page and I was impatient at any interruption. The details of this book are spellbinding, often frightening and sometimes funny -- Alec Guinness * Daily Mail * Outstanding. Enormously enjoyable to read - exciting, lively, funny, and admirably tolerant and objective in its opinions. It is hard to see how it could have been better done -- Philip Ziegler * Daily Telegraph * Skilfully balances historical narrative with social analysis, and tempering the appalling with the absurd -- Jan Morris * Independent * A rich and intriguing story which the authors disentangle with great skill -- Piers Paul Read * Sunday Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141032412
Publication date: 4th October 2007
Author: Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 448 pages
Categories: European history,

About Antony Beevor, Artemis Cooper

Antony Beevor (Author) Antony Beevor is the author of Crete: The Battle and the Resistance (Runciman Prize), Stalingrad (Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize), Berlin: The Downfall, The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia), D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Prix Henry Malherbe and the RUSI Westminster Medal), The Second World War, Ardennes 1944 (Prix Medicis shortlist) and Arnhem. The number one bestselling historian in Britain, Beevor's books have appeared in thirty-three languages and have sold over eight million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. He is ...

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