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Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Not bad

    Not bad

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

    I received this book from my grandfather (?) a decade ago. I wi

    I received this book from my grandfather (?) a decade ago. I wish I had read it when he was still alive so I could talk to him about the events in this book. Like me, he was a Francophile and we shared stories of the different trips we took around France. He fought in WWII, but never spoke about his time code-breaking. I wonder if discussing this book could have opened that door.

    This was an interesting look at the economics of wine during Hitler's reign and the Occupation of France. The histories of the different vineyards, the details of the wines, and the stories of the owners--some who were left to run the vineyards and others who were in hiding or sent to concentration camps--make this book come alive.

    And though war is a solemn subject, humor makes itself known throughout the novel. My favorite is the section about the wolves:

    The grapes had an "exhilarating effect" on the wolves. "I suspect the stomach of the wolf is so constructed that the fermentation of the fruit juices proceeds rapidly after the animal has eaten the grapes. At any rate, intoxication is frequently the result."

    Monsieur Le Brun says he recalls seeing a drunken pack running by his home. "...the wolves were all intoxicated. That was what caused them to run into the town in the first place, and it was also what saved the townsfolk after they had come in. They were too drunk to remember that they were wolves...they just lay down in the street, stupidly drunk."

    This book isn't for everyone: if wine isn't your drink of choice, or you don't care about French wines, then you'll probably find this too dry to swallow.*

    * pun not intended, but it totally works

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Well done

    This book differs from the other books i have read concerning the resistance and WWII. It presents a personal view point of many involved and the various complications which arose during their time under Nazi rule. But it was the desire to survive along with somehow keeping the vineyards producing and old wines safe - that brought this book alive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2010

    My New Favorite!

    I was totally engrossed in this book from the second I picked it up. If you like France, wine, or history you will enjoy this book. I applauded the people who helped fleeing Jewish families and smiled knowingly when the winemakers remained a few steps of the Nazis, hiding their best vintages and sending watered down wines in their place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2004

    Great Read

    What a great tale. Filled with fact and intrigued. Great narrative with stories from all over the wine world of France. A true story told well. I loved it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2002

    Not bad, but get it at the library

    The book is a good, light read, but as a reader I felt distant from the people and events. Considering I read it cover-to-cover in two evenings I should have borrowed it from the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    A First Class Effort

    The Kladstrups have written a fine account about a little known aspect of both the wine world and World War II. The myriad machinations of French winemakers to keep their best wines out of German Army cellars are fascinating. So too are the many tales of subterfuge: some subtle, some rather dangerously overt. I first met Don Kladstrup in 1976, when he was a reporter for CBS News and I was a freelance cameraman. We spent much time together during the hostage crisis in Iran. When you read WINE & WAR, be sure to have a glass of fine Bordeaux at your side- it adds a certain air of verisimilitude.

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