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4.0 out of 5 starsentertaining history
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2011
A fascinating fictionalised history: a collection of accounts of the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944. Collins and Lapierre manage to string together a range of different narrative foci, using a kind of ficitonalised interior position in conjunction with documented history of the time. There are certain moments of privlege, and certain moments of exclusion, but a gripping and often touching read is the end result. You get the 'high end' of the story, with de Gaulle and Patton etc, but also many ordinary anecdotal stories, which are often the most interesting, and devastating. Many of the internal conflicts within the allied forces are laid bare for those that thought this was purely a 'them and us' kind of thing.
5.0 out of 5 starsWWII history in Paris is not easy to find
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2015
Read it last summer before going to Paris, and it greatly enhanced the trip. WWII history in Paris is not easy to find. Book is well researched and written covering the German occupation of Paris from August 1940 to the liberation in August 1944. The politics of the liberation is fascinating and the pictures wonderful.
Having visited the Normandy battlefields and then going to Paris, I had to go back and review the battle for Paris in August, 1944. I had not read this book when it was new, and it was a great chroincle of the events and the personalities who played roles in the liberation of Paris. It is stilll a great piece of work.
I love this book, i bought this occation, because i love the old things,kind of a part of history,really happy to get it,this is some true histories during the seconde war,something we could never forget.