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Reading ListBooks on French History & WWII

  • The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered, By Laura Auricchio (Author) - A major biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution, who, at age nineteen, volunteered to fight under George Washington; a biography that looks past the storybook hero and selfless champion of righteous causes who cast aside family and fortune to advance the transcendent aims of liberty and justice commemorated in America’s towns, streets, parks, and schools named after the French nobleman. Laura Auricchio gives us a rich portrait of the man, fully revealed, a man driven by dreams of glory and felled by tragic, human weaknesses.
  • How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City, By Joan DeJean (Author) - At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for isolated monuments but had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like other European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But in a mere century Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we know today.
  • Youth Interrupted, by Karl Lindquist (Kindle edition) - Karl Lindquist's memoir begins with his childhood on Nantucket Island, back when it was still a salty seaport. He went off-island for high school at Phillips Exeter Academy and left before graduation to enlist. Serving in the Infantry in France with Company G, 104th Infantry, 26th Division, Karl was a scout and then a Medic and earned a Bronze and a Silver Star.
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  • The Seven Ages of Paris, by Alistair Horne - An in-depth history of the city of lights from Middle Ages until the late sixties.
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  • Is Paris Burning?, by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre - Riveting account about how Paris escaped Adolf Hitler's plan to destroy it. See how many neighborhoods of Paris, you have been to or would like to visit, are descried in this book.

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  • A Distant Mirror, by Barbarb W. Tuchman - Historical look at the 14th century, mostly focusing on France. Well written, more like a novel than a history book. A Distant Mirror will give you much more history and depth than a guide book will.

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