Americans in Paris : Life and Death under Nazi Occupation

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  • Copyright: 2010-01-07
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The
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Acclaimed journalist Charlie 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, from the spring of 1940 to liberation in the summer of 1944, 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's 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. Charles Bedaux, a French-born, naturalized American millionaire, determined his alliances as a businessman first, a decision that would ultimately make him an enemy to all. Countess Clara Longworth de Chambrun was torn by family ties to President Roosevelt and the Vichy government, but her fiercest loyalty was to her beloved American Library of Paris. Sylvia Beach attempted to run her famous English-language bookshop, Shakespeare and Company, while helping her Jewish friends and her colleagues in the Resistance. Dr. Sumner Jackson, wartime chief surgeon of the American Hospital in Paris, risked his life aiding Allied soldiers to escape to Britain and resisting the occupier from the first day. These stories and others come together to create a unique portrait of an eccentric, original, diverse American community. Charles Glass has written an exciting, fast-paced, and elegant account of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France's dangerous occupation years. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until U.S. 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 Biography

Charles Glass is the author of Tribes with Flags, Money for Old Rope, and The Northern Front. A world-famous journalist, he was chief Middle East correspondent for ABC News from 1983 to 1993 and has covered wars in Lebanon, Eritrea, Rhodesia, Somalia, Iraq, Egypt, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His writing appears in Harper's Magazine, The Independent, and the Spectator.

Table of Contents

Mapsp. xi
List of Illustrationsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
14 June 1940
The American Mayor of Parisp. 9
The Booksellerp. 24
The Countess from Ohiop. 37
All Blood Runs Redp. 50
Le Millionnaire américainp. 60
The Yankee Doctorp. 66
Bookshop Rowp. 89
Americans at Vichyp. 98
Back to Parisp. 113
In Love with Lovep. 121
A French Prisoner with the Americansp. 136
American Grandeesp. 139
Polly's Parisp. 144
Rugged individualistsp. 150
Germany's Confidential American Agentp. 159
The Coldest Winterp. 169
Time to Go?p. 174
New Perils in Parisp. 180
Utopia in Les Landesp. 188
To Resist, to Collaborate or to Endurep. 193
Enemy Aliensp. 204
First Round-upp. 213
The Vichy Webp. 224
The Second Round-upp. 239
'Inturned'p. 246
Uniting Africap. 261
Americans Go to Warp. 268
Murphy Forgets a Friendp. 275
Alone at Vittelp. 280
The Bedaux Dossierp. 283
Murphy versus Bedauxp. 291
Sylvia's Warp. 298
German Agents?p. 304
A Hospital at Warp. 310
The Adolescent Spyp. 314
Clara under Suspicionp. 318
Calumniesp. 325
The Trial of Citizen Bedauxp. 335
The Underground Railwayp. 341
Conspiraciesp. 347
Springtime in Parisp. 350
The Maquis to Arms!p. 358
Résistants Unmaskedp. 363
Via Dolorosap. 371
Schwarze kappellep. 374
Slaves of the Reichp. 376
One Family Nowp. 378
The Paris Frontp. 385
Tout Mourirp. 393
24-26 August 1944
Liberating the Rooftopsp. 407
Libération, not Liberationp. 411
Epiloguep. 413
Endnotesp. 415
Acknowledgementsp. 491
Select Bibliographyp. 495
Indexp. 501
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