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    A great read on the Liberation of Paris in August of 1944 In 1940 Paris fell into German hands after France surrendered It wasn t until June 6, 1944, when Allied troops landed in Normandy on D Day and pushed on to Paris Next month marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France, and I find it appropriate that this book was recently published and shows how the Allies risked everything to push through and liberate Paris from the Germans.


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    Although I usually read nonfiction slowly, The Liberation of Paris proved one of those books that caught my interest early and refused to let me quit reading until I was finished Jean Edward Smith born October 13, 1932 is a biographer and the John Marshall Professor of Political Science at Marshall University 1 He is also professor emeritus at the University of Toronto after having served as professor of political economy there for thirty five years Smith is also on the faculty of the Master of American History and Government program at Ashland University 2 The winner of the 2008 Francis Parkman Prize and the 2002 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, Smith has been called today s foremost biographer of formidable figures in American history 1 3 Wikipedia One of those rare historians who can make history come alive, Jean Edward Smith s account of the liberation of Paris is an engrossing narrative of the three men who worked together to save the city All three had to circumvent difficult situations and often their immediate superiors to do what they thought best.At De Gaulle s request, Eisenhower s decision to liberate Paris which Allied Planners wanted delayed was largely political, to avoid the communist resistance gaining power, while Von Choltitz, knowing the war was lost and not wanting the blame for destroying Paris, did his best to avoid Hitler s command to defend the city to the last man and leave the city in ruins The machinations of all three men to save the city required some devious thinking, especially on the part of Von Choltitz, who was ordered to destroy the seventy bridges of Paris and reduce the city rubble The communications between De Gaulle and Eisenhower are especially interesting, as are the communications between Von Choltitz and his superiors The liberation of Paris was a morale booster, but it did delay the end of the war by giving the Germans the opportunity to regroup Regardless of whether it was the best decision possible, liberating Paris was a momentous emotional success, and the story that led up to the liberation is fascinating.If you are interested in WWII, I highly recommend this compelling account of the liberation of Paris.Read in April blog review scheduled for July 9, 2019.NetGalley Simon SchusterNonfiction WWII July 23, 2019 Print length 256 pages.


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The Liberation of Paris Prize Winning And Bestselling Historian Jean Edward Smith Tells The Dramatic Story Of The Liberation Of Paris During World War II A Triumph That Was Achieved Through The Remarkable Efforts Of Americans, French, And Germans, All Racing To Save The City From DestructionFollowing Their Breakout From Normandy In Late June , The Allies Swept Across Northern France In Pursuit Of The German Army The Allies Intended To Bypass Paris And Cross The Rhine Into Germany, Ending The War Before Winter Set In But As They Advanced, Local Forces In Paris Began Their Own Liberation, Defying The Occupying German TroopsCharles De Gaulle, The Leading Figure Of The Free French Government, Urged General Dwight Eisenhower To Divert Forces To Liberate Paris Eisenhower S Most Senior Staff Recommended Otherwise, But Ike Wanted To Help Position De Gaulle To Lead France After The War And Both Men Were Concerned About Partisan Conflict In Paris That Could Leave The Communists In Control Of The City And The National Government, Perhaps Even Causing A Bloodbath Like The Paris Commune Neither Man Knew That The German Commandant, Dietrich Von Choltitz, Convinced That The War Was Lost, Dissembled And Schemed To Surrender The City To The Allies Intact, Defying Hitler S Orders To Leave It A Burning RuinIn The Liberation Of Paris, Jean Edward Smith Puts This Dramatic Event In Context, Showing How The Decision To Free The City Came At A Heavy Price It Slowed The Allied Momentum And Allowed The Germans To Regroup After The War German Generals Argued That Eisenhower S Decision To Enter Paris Prolonged The War For Another Six Months Was Paris Worth This Price Smith Answers This Question In His Superb, Dramatic History Of One Of The Great Events Of World War II Published Seventy Five Years After The Liberation