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

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

by Tilar J Mazzeo


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ISBN-13: 9780061791048
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/24/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 181,944
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

Prologue: The Hotel Ritz, the Mirror of Paris 1

1 This Switzerland in Paris: June 1940 7

2 All the Talk of Paris: June 1, 1898 23

3 Dogfight above the Place Vendome: July 27, 1917 39

4 Diamonds as Big as the Ritz: September 1, 1940 49

5 The Americans Drifting to Paris: 1944 61

6 The French Actress and Her Nazi Lover 75

7 The Jewish Bartender and the German Resistance 87

8 The American Wife and the Swiss Director 103

9 The German General and the Fate of Paris 115

10 The Press Corps and the Race to Paris 123

11 Ernest Hemingway and the Ritz Liberated 139

12 Those Dame Reporters: August 26, 1944 151

13 The Last Trains from Paris 163

14 Coco's War and Other Dirty Linen 175

15 The Blond Bombshell and the Nuclear Scientists 195

16 From Berlin with Love and Last Battles in Paris: 1945 205

17 Waning Powers in Paris: June 1951 217

18 The War's Long Shadow: May 29, 1969 227

Afterword 235

Acknowledgments 239

Notes 243

Selected Bibliography 267

Photography Credits 277

Index 279

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The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
NeptunasRex More than 1 year ago
Great reading of the bourgeois in Paris during WWII. NOT YOUR EVERDAY WAR STORY BUT A COLLECTION OF CHACTERS the lived and survived in Paris during WWII at the famous Ritz Hotel. The highly articulate author identifies several sites that were used by The Nazis to carry out there dirty work when it came to security breaches. This book appeals to cross-culture reader, historian, military professional or traveler looking to fill-in those Paris history during the war years.
JupFL_reader More than 1 year ago
I read this book based on a recommendation I heard on the Today show. This book is fascinating. I learned a great deal about the French Resistance and some prominent figures during WWII. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of the book, but the details on the people are what really grab you. A good read if you enjoy suspense or historical novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A most enjoyable book concerning the events that occurred during the 2nd World War, & the German occupation of Paris (the Vichy govt.). The Hotel on Place Vendome was implicated with the many people residing there during this time, including many famous names & their roles during the war.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love history and I really loved this book. I first heard about it on the Today Show. Fascinating characters in the great city of Paris. If you love Paris and history you will love this book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basically a good book - pretty much like a series of short stories. BUT there is one glaring historical error (which makes me wonder about other inaccuracies) - the author asserts that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were sent to Bermuda to sit out the war from which they gave Churchill many problems. The Duke and Duchess were actually sent to Nassau in the Bahamas where the Duke was posted as governor. And yes, he gave Churchill many headaches. BUT while both Bermuda and the Bahamas were British colonies - now two different countries - they are not even in the same body of water (the former in the Atlantic Ocean and the latter in the Caribbean) let alone within a thousand miles of one another. And having said that, the Duke and Duchess would have been thrilled to be in Bermuda while they detested the Bahamas. But, Bermuda was too integral to the war relationship between Britain and the US and it could not have been risked as a nesting place for those two Fascist collaborators. This error occurs twice - once in Chapter 14 and again in Chapter 17. Funny, the author has provided notations for almost everything in a large notes section, but not for this..... This needs to be corrected in future editions if there are any.
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