Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949: Revised Edition

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Penguin, Aug 31, 2004 - History - 448 pages
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"A rich and intriguing story whcih the authors disentangle with great skill."--Sunday Telegraph

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In this brilliant synthesis of social, political, and cultural history, Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper present a vivid and compelling portrayal of the City of Lights after its liberation. Paris became the diplomatic battleground in the opening stages of the Cold War. Against this volatile political backdrop, every aspect of life is portrayed: scores were settled in a rough and uneven justice, black marketers grew rich on the misery of the population, and a growing number of intellectual luminaries and artists including Hemingway, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Cocteau, and Picassocontributed new ideas and a renewed vitality to this extraordinary moment in time.


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This starts very well, and it is clear the authors have researched exhaustively, but after a while you do start to wish they would stop talking about Duff Cooper. I enjoyed Antony Beevor's book on the ... Read full review

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In a way this is two books in one, mirroring the diversity of its authors. I was wondering how Antony Beevor, obviously a respected war historian and author, came to write a book with Artemis Cooper ... Read full review

Contents

UNPUBLISHED SOURCES
2 THE PATHS OF COLLABORATION AND RESISTANCE
4 THE RACE FOR PARIS
5 LIBERATED PARIS
8 THEEPURATION SAUVAGE
9 PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT
11 LIBERATORS AND LIBERATED
12 WRITERS AND ARTISTS IN THE LINE OF FIRE
PLOTS AND COUNTERPLOTS
20 POLITICS AND LETTERS
22 THE FASHIONABLE WORLD
23 A TALE OF TWO CITIES
25 THE SELFFULFILLING PROPHECY
26 THE REPUBLIC AT BAY
27 THE GREAT BOOM OF SAINTGERMAINDESPRES
28 THE CURIOUS TRIANGLE

13 THE RETURN OF EXILES
14 THE GREAT TRIALS
15 HUNGER FOR THE NEW
16 AFTER THE DELUGE
17 COMMUNISTS IN GOVERNMENT
30 AMERICANS IN PARIS
31 THE TOURIST INVASION
32 PARIS SERA TOUJOURS PARIS
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About the author (2004)

Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst. A regular officer in the 11th Hussars, he served in Germany and England. He has published several novels, and his works of nonfiction include The Spanish Civil War; Crete: The Battle and the Resistance, which won the 1993 Runciman Award; Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942—1943; and Berlin: The Downfall, 1945. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris: After the Liberation: 1944—1949. His book Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize in 1999.

Artemis Cooper’s work includes Cairo in the War 1939–1945 and Writing at the Kitchen Table, the authorized biography of Elizabeth David, both of which are published by Penguin. She has also edited two collections of letters: A Durable Fire: The Letters of Duff and Diana Cooper and Mr. Wu and Mrs. Stitch: The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper. Her grandfather, Duff Cooper, was the first postwar British ambassador to Paris, and his private diaries and papers provide one of the previously unpublished sources for this book. Artemis Cooper and Anthony Beevor were both appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. They are married and have two children.

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