Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa

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Da Capo Press, May 26, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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Robert Capa, one of the finest photojournalists and combat photographers of the twentieth century, covered every major conflict from the Spanish Civil War to the early conflict in Vietnam. Always close to the action, he created some of the most enduring images ever made with a camera--perhaps none more memorable than the gritty photos taken on the morning of D-Day.But the drama of Capa's life wasn't limited to one side of the lens. Born in Budapest as Andre Freidman, Capa fled political repression and anti-Semitism as a teenager by escaping to Berlin, where he first picked up a Leica camera. He founded Magnum, which today remains the most prestigious photographic agency of its kind. He was a gambler and seducer of several of his era's most alluring icons, including Ingrid Bergman, and his friends included Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, and John Huston.From Budapest in the twenties to Paris in the thirties, from postwar Hollywood to Stalin's Russia, from New York to Indochina, Blood and Champagne is a wonderfully evocative account of Capa's life and times.
 

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As the title of this fine biography suggests, Robert Capa's life represented a curious blend of danger and glamour. One of the most highly celebrated war photographers of the century, Capa (1914-54 ... Read full review

Contents

Three Thousand Miles From Omaha
1
Conversation in Budapest
5
Barbarians at the Gate
15
The Man Who Invented Himself
22
The Passionate War
33
The Falling Soldier
38
La Paquena Rubena
48
The 400 Million
66
Victory
144
Heres Looking At You Kid
158
The End of the Affair
167
Back in the USSR
177
The New Look
192
A Road of Death
201
The Realm of the Senses
214
How Can I Be Old?
225

The Final Defeat
73
Splendid Isolation
82
Muddling Through
90
The Desert
98
Its a Tough War
107
The Longest Day
116
The Bocage
132
Forward Lies the Delta
241
The Legend
252
Notes
256
Bibliography
277
Index
291
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Alex Kershaw is the author of the widely acclaimed and bestselling books The Bedford Boys, The Longest Winter, and The Few, and two biographies: Jack London and Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa. He lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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