The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

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The Hotel On Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

by Tilar J. Mazzeo

HarperCollins | February 24, 2015 | Trade 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. In June 1940, when France fell to the Germans, 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. 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 the spies among them) who stayed on in Paris.

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, in which refugees were hidden in secret rooms, a Jewish bartender passed coded messages for the German resistance, and Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the Führer. The result is the story of The Hotel on Place Vendôme—a singular season at the world-class hotel, an intimate and riveting portrait of the last days of the Second World War.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 in

Published: February 24, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061791040

ISBN - 13: 9780061791048

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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

by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 in

Published: February 24, 2015

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061791040

ISBN - 13: 9780061791048

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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. In June 1940, when France fell to the Germans, 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. 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 the spies among them) who stayed on in Paris.

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, in which refugees were hidden in secret rooms, a Jewish bartender passed coded messages for the German resistance, and Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the Führer. The result is the story of The Hotel on Place Vendôme—a singular season at the world-class hotel, an intimate and riveting portrait of the last days of the Second World War.

About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of numerous works of cultural history and biography, including theNew York TimesbestsellingThe Widow Clicquot,The Secret of Chanel No. 5, and nearly two dozen other books, articles, essays, and reviews on wine, travel, and the history of luxury. The Clara C. Piper Associate Professor of English at Colby College, she divides her time between coastal Maine, New York City, and Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

“An illuminating history of the intrigue and drama taking place inside its elegant façade. . . . The narrative reads like fiction, with the difference being accurate testimony from well-researched documents and interviews.”