Americans in Paris

Americans in Paris

Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143118664
  • 544 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


An unforgettable portrait of Paris and Vichy France during the Nazi occupation

Americans in Paris
recounts tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival under the brutal Nazi occupation through the eyes of the Americans who lived through it all. Renowned journalist Charles Glass tells the story of a remarkable cast of five thousand expatriates–artists, writers, scientists, playboys, musicians, cultural mandarins, and ordinary businessmen–and their struggles in Nazi Paris. Glass’s discovery of letters, diaries, war documents, and police files reveals as never before how Americans were trapped in a web of intrigue, collaboration, and courage.


"A story of extraordinary precision… absorbing." –Financial Times

"Rich in intrigue and heroism… a fascinating treat." –Antony Beevor, Daily Telegraph (UK)

"Glass, a world-class journalist, proves a gifted historian in this electrifying account of resistance, collaboration, terror, and valor." – Parade magazine

"[Glass] skillfully uses memoirs, diaries, letters, documents and official records to draw a picture of expatriates caught in a mesh of deceit, bravery, self-sacrifice and fear, and places them in the context of diplomacy and the wider war." –Pittsburgh Post-Gazette