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

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Crown/Archetype, Jun 18, 2002 - History - 256 pages
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The remarkable untold story of France’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

"To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine."
–Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d’Argent

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

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User Review  - Sheila1957 - LibraryThing

Tells how the French protected their wine and vineyards from the war and the Nazis. I knew very little about this. Little vignettes are told of what the winegrowers were facing. I liked how there is ... Read full review

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User Review  - bnbookgirl - LibraryThing

Great historical look at the French, their wine, and the Germans who confiscated it during WWII. The French winemakers who were part of the Resistance, used many methods to hide their wine from the ... Read full review


List of Illustrations viii
The Weinführers
Hiding Fibbing and Fobbing Off
The Growling Stomach
Wolves at the Door 157
The Fête

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The winner of three Emmys and the Alfred I. DuPont--Columbia University, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, and Overseas Press Club of America awards for his journalism, Don Kladstrup is one of America's most distinguished network television news correspondents. His wife, Petie Kladstrup, is a freelance writer who has written widely about France and French life. Contributors to Wine Spectator, the Kladstrups divide their time between Paris and Normandy.

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