The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris
Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Manzeo, the New York Times... show more
Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Manzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler.Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery.Rich in detail, illustrated with black-and-white photos, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is a remarkable look at this extraordinary crucible where the future of post-war France—and all of post-war Europe—was transformed.
Publish date: 2015-02-24
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
When I first bought this book (based on reviews by BL friends) I couldn't wait to get started on it, but RL was busy at the time. In my excitement, I showed it to my mother-in-law, who promptly borrowed it. She returned it quickly, but the buzz had worn off and the book languished in my TBR for a ...
This book is frustrating because it could have been so much more than it is. Mazzeo’s book advertises itself as a wartime history of a famous, very posh, in France during World War II. In the introduction (which is really one of two introductions), Mazzeo even makes a connection to the modern EU....
This book was a mind-blowing experience for me. I'll admit, I'm not extremely knowledgeable on French history other then main events in France during WW II. After reading this, that is something I'm planning on rectifying. I'm hoping to pick up Dawn of the Belle Epoque first, but any other recommend...
Ok, so as some of you know, I drew this book out of a number of potential reads on a trip to Paris recently. I'm really glad this was the book that accompanied me on the trip because not only did I stay just around the corner from Place Vendome but this was a thrilling read. If you are looking at ...