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Taking Paris: The Epic Battle for the City of Lights (edition 2022)

by Martin Dugard (Author)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From Martin Dugard, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Killing series with Bill O'Reilly, comes the spellbinding story of the Allied liberation of Paris from the grip of the Nazis during World War II "Taking Paris does for Paris during World War II what The Splendid and the Vile did for London."--James Patterson  *  "Heroes and villains abound. You'll enjoy this fast-paced book immensely."--Bill O'Reilly  * "Succeeds triumphantly."--The Washington Post May 1940: The world is stunned as Hitler's forces invade France with a devastating blitzkrieg aimed at Paris. Within weeks, the French government has collapsed, and the City of Lights, revered for its carefree lifestyle, intellectual freedom, and love of liberty, has fallen under Nazi control--perhaps forever.  As the Germans ruthlessly crush all opposition, a patriotic band of Parisians known as the Resistance secretly rise up to fight back. But these young men and women cannot do it alone. Over 120,000 Parisians die under German occupation. Countless more are tortured in the city's Gestapo prisons and sent to death camps. The longer the Nazis hold the city, the greater the danger its citizens face. As the armies of America and Great Britain prepare to launch the greatest invasion in history, the spies of the Resistance risk all to ensure the Germans are defeated and Paris is once again free.  The players holding the fate of Paris in their hands are some of the biggest historical figures of the era: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, and the exiled French general Charles de Gaulle, headquartered in London's Connaught Hotel. From the fall of Paris in 1940 to the race for Paris in 1944, this riveting, page-turning drama unfolds through their decisions--for better and worse. Taking Paris is history told at a breathtaking pace, a sprawling yet intimate saga of heroism, desire, and personal sacrifice for all that is right.… (more)
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Authors:Martin Dugard (Author)
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Aside from the book-jacket review comparing "Taking Paris" with "The Splendid and the Vile" Martin Dugard's tome is a surprisingly fast read, but more like a beautifully written history than a literary masterpiece, which The Splendid and the Vile" clearly was. Nice job. A book to recommend and one to keep on the shelf as a reference. For what exactly I don't know, but still, Nice job Mr. Dugard! Four stars. ( )
  Renzomalo | Oct 17, 2021 |
I found this book to be a great addition to my knowledge of World War 2. This time, it is told through the eyes of the French. Dugard does a wonderful job of letting one see the effects of the war by telling it from the perspective of common citizens, international spies, and military leaders. A much easier, less technical read than most World War 2 books. Very good! ( )
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From Martin Dugard, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Killing series with Bill O'Reilly, comes the spellbinding story of the Allied liberation of Paris from the grip of the Nazis during World War II "Taking Paris does for Paris during World War II what The Splendid and the Vile did for London."--James Patterson  *  "Heroes and villains abound. You'll enjoy this fast-paced book immensely."--Bill O'Reilly  * "Succeeds triumphantly."--The Washington Post May 1940: The world is stunned as Hitler's forces invade France with a devastating blitzkrieg aimed at Paris. Within weeks, the French government has collapsed, and the City of Lights, revered for its carefree lifestyle, intellectual freedom, and love of liberty, has fallen under Nazi control--perhaps forever.  As the Germans ruthlessly crush all opposition, a patriotic band of Parisians known as the Resistance secretly rise up to fight back. But these young men and women cannot do it alone. Over 120,000 Parisians die under German occupation. Countless more are tortured in the city's Gestapo prisons and sent to death camps. The longer the Nazis hold the city, the greater the danger its citizens face. As the armies of America and Great Britain prepare to launch the greatest invasion in history, the spies of the Resistance risk all to ensure the Germans are defeated and Paris is once again free.  The players holding the fate of Paris in their hands are some of the biggest historical figures of the era: Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, General George S. Patton, and the exiled French general Charles de Gaulle, headquartered in London's Connaught Hotel. From the fall of Paris in 1940 to the race for Paris in 1944, this riveting, page-turning drama unfolds through their decisions--for better and worse. Taking Paris is history told at a breathtaking pace, a sprawling yet intimate saga of heroism, desire, and personal sacrifice for all that is right.

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