Paris After The Liberation by Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper
In 1944, standing on the balcony of the Hôtel de Paris, de Gaulle claimed that Paris had been ‘liberated by herself, liberated by her people’. While most Parisians rejoiced, collaborators scrambled to avoid the épuration sauvage. But the reality of a bankrupted economy, a freezing winter, the devastating effects of rationing plus lawless gangsters and black-marketeers would affect resistance hero and Vichy collaborator alike. This authoritative account untangles the manoeuvrings of numerous factions and parties, from the powerful Communist stranglehold on the unions to the isolated figure of de Gaulle himself, out of power, but ‘waiting’ for his chance to return. It reveals just how close France came to the brink of revolution and civil war, and the fears and frustrations of the Allied commanders as they observed gratitude for wartime assistance turn to a prickly pride that resented any American ‘Coca-colonisation’.
- Folio Society First Impression
- Publisher Folio Society, London; 2012
- Three-quarter Bound In Blue Buckram Hardback, 448 pp
- With frontispiece and 32 pages of colour and b/w plates
- Size 255 x 180mm, 1.7kg
Condition: Brand New – Still In Original Unopened Cellophane Wrap
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