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Is Paris Burning? | [Larry Collins, Dominique Lapierre]

Is Paris Burning?

Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.
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Publisher's Summary

"Is Paris burning?" is the question Hitler asked over and over as the French Second and American Fourth Divisions battered their way into the city.

Few moments in history are as stirring as the Allied liberation of Paris. Yet few people are aware of how narrowly, and how miraculously, the city escaped Hitler's secret plan to reduce it to ashes. Is Paris Burning? reconstructs, in meticulous and riveting detail, the network of fateful events, day by day, moment by moment, that saved the City of Light.

Best-selling authors and renowned journalists Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre spent three years researching this stirring book. They drew on French Resistance radio messages, German military records, and secret correspondence between de Gaulle, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Eisenhower. They tracked down and interviewed countless people: soldiers, civilians, Allied generals, and even the Nazi commandant who helped Paris fight for her life. And they re-created the drama, the fervor, and the triumph that heralded one of the most dramatic events of our time.

©1965 Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre; (P)1994 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Is Paris Burning? is researched with meticulous and riveting detail, well narrated, and certain to keep you intrigued." (AudioFile)

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    David West Newton, MA, USA 11-17-06
    David West Newton, MA, USA 11-17-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A Heartwarming Story"

    While I had seen the movie Many years ago - I had not read the book.
    Good pace to the story and the narrator does a decent job with the multitude of accents of the participants.
    Very moving when Paris is liberated and I found myself appreciative that there was some honor in the German officer corps.
    Sad though with all the personal stories of loss -soldiers who didn't live to see the end result - citizens sent off to concentration camps at the very end.
    All in all a great book

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Boerne, TX, USA 03-25-08
    Ruth Boerne, TX, USA 03-25-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Is Paris Burnning"

    I first read this book when it was published, and have since gone on to read other books from this author. For me it was a thrilling day by day account of the last days of German Occupation of Paris. It is a real "page turner" and I didn't want to miss a word. Books I enjoy this much I read over and sometimes over again. To find this on audible was a special treat. I highly recommend it to all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 02-12-09
    Eunice Harrodsburg, KY, United States 02-12-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting history"

    This book is worth the listen, but not a high priority. The underlying book is an interesting one, but the narration gets on the nerves after awhile. Every German sounds like Col. Klink from Hogan's Heroes...same voice, same inflection. It's hard to overlook after awhile!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Columbus, GA, United States 01-25-09
    Robin Columbus, GA, United States 01-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Is Paris Burning?"

    I decided to revisit this book after reading it decades ago and loving it then. I hoped it had held up over the years. It is STILL a fascinating, sweep-you-along, joyous, heartbreaking tale of the liberation of Paris. Better even the second time, when I could bring maturity to the book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Houston, TX, USA 03-27-06
    Robert Houston, TX, USA 03-27-06 Member Since 2003
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    "An outstanding piece of history that I had missed"

    Although this book has been in print for 30 years, I had always assumed Paris was not destroyed because of a decision by Hitler to withdraw his troops, akin to the events in Prague. Perhaps it was my ignorance of the actual events (or was it the excellent narrative) that made this a delightful listening experience. Particularly fascinating was the relationship between the French and American military leadership and the most surprising was the collusion of the German general in charge of Paris with the Allies. Although I was initially put off by the formal British accent of the reader, it grew on me. A great story!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B.C. 06-01-06
    B.C. 06-01-06 Listener Since 2006
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    "An American in Paris"

    This book has been in my library for more than 30 years without my ever having read it. That was until I moved to Paris for a year and concentrated my reading on Parisian history.

    This is the best of the best history of the liberation of Paris, written in an easy to read (and to listen) anectotal style that lets the participants of the events tell the story. I have read the book twice in the last year, and listened to the audio book once. This is a compelling tale of heroes and villians, with some surprises along the way.

    Written by an American and a Frenchman, this story is one that needs to be read and remembered by citizens of all countries. Highly recommended for anyone who loves history, or just a good tale told.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Colgate, WI, United States 02-23-14
    Margaret Colgate, WI, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell me about a good book. No other gifts necessary.

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    "Fascinating Days and More Heroes Revealed"

    As World War II came to a close a variety of groups had plans and strategies for the ensuing months. While we all know how the war ended, the details of these days and story of these players gave me a greater appreciation for their commitments to country and courage. If you enjoy history of this period and haven't read much of the final months specific to the liberation of Paris, I think you will find this book fascinating. This was a fast paced story (as was the march to Paris). The book sets a tone and is so fully detailed that it does seem to place the reader in the midst of these days. Information presented about the Nazi general in Paris and his thoughts about his role were very surprising and gave me new insight. The narration is very good, much as you would expect from a good documentary. Vive le France!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Rehoboth Beach, DE,United States 12-04-13
    Helen Rehoboth Beach, DE,United States 12-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    What disappointed you about Is Paris Burning??

    I found the narrator's voice distracting. Plus the story jumped around so much with so many characters I felt lost quite often.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre again?

    Probably not


    What didn’t you like about Frederick Davidson’s performance?

    I found his voice very annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The topic is fascinating but unfortunately given how complicated it was a clearer story line would have been better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Seattle, WA, United States 06-21-13
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    "The reader makes a great story unlistenable."

    The reader sound like a snobby butler with his nose up in the air - like the food critic on Frasier. His voice is so irritating that I couldn't stand listening to it for 20 minutes, let alone 20 hours. I am very disappointed because I love these authors' work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Toni North TX, United States 03-30-13
    Toni North TX, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great background for travel to Paris/Normandy"

    Listened to this as part of a self-imposed history crash course before a trip to Paris. Great book, ageless. I had no clue until about midway thru it (when it occurred to me there is no way these people were still alive to interview) that it was written in the 60s. Couple of downsides - it was extremely hard to follow some of the segments via audio due to all the many players, no map - and my total lack of knowledge around anything related to the military. Also, the narrator was great at character voices, but left a lot to be desired everywhere else. Still very worth it, especially the last of the 3 parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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