The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

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Harper Collins, 11 mars 2014 - 320 pages

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5

When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler.

Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery.

Rich in detail, illustrated with black-and-white photos, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is a remarkable look at this extraordinary crucible where the future of post-war France—and all of post-war Europe—was transformed. 

 

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Avis d'utilisateur  - sloreck - LibraryThing

Mazzeo tells an interesting story with emphasis on the years around World War II. It seemed to me that she still had a lot of material left at the end and just appended it, and didn't really edit that ... Consulter l'avis complet

The Hotel on Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris

Avis d'utilisateur  - Book Verdict

Mazzeo's (Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma) most recent biography of a luxury locale tells the story of the Paris Ritz at perhaps its most compelling historical moment—as the epicenter of Hitler's ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

The Hôtel Ritz the Mirror of Paris
June 1 1898
7 TheJewish Bartender and the German Resistance
10 The Press Corps and the Race to Paris 11 Ernest Hemingway and the Ritz Liberated
13The Last Trainsfrom Paris 14 Cocos War and Other Dirty Linen
Selected Bibliography
Index About the Author

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À propos de l'auteur (2014)

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of cultural history and biography, including the New York Times bestselling The Widow Clicquot, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and nearly two dozen other books, articles, essays, and reviews on wine, travel, and the history of luxury. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time between coastal Maine, New York City, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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