The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, And Betrayal At The Hotel Ritz In Paris
  • The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, And Betrayal At The Hotel Ritz In Paris
  • The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, And Betrayal At The Hotel Ritz In Paris
  • The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, And Betrayal At The Hotel Ritz In Paris
ISBN: 0061791040
EAN13: 9780061791048
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 24, 2015
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 8" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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Established in 1898 in the heart of Paris on the Place Vendôme, the Hôtel Ritz instantly became an icon of the city frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, politicians, playboys, and princes. By the 1920s the bar became a favorite watering hole for F. Scott Fitzgerald and other writers of the Lost Generation, including Ernest Hemingway. In June 1940, when France fell to the Germans, Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of the Third Reich, famously declared that the nation's capital would remain a high-spirited place--or else. Orders from Berlin specified that the Hôtel Ritz would be the only luxury hotel of its kind in occupied Paris.

Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris to the modern era. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme chronicles life at the Ritz during wartime, when the hotel simultaneously served as headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring, and home to wealthy patrons (and to the spies among them) who stayed on in Paris. At Coco Chanel's table in the dining room on any given evening, one might find the playwright and screenwriter Sacha Guitry, the lithe Russian ballet star Serge Lifar, or Jean Cocteau Read More chevron_right

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