The Liberation of Paris by Jean Edward Smith

The Liberation of Paris

Prize-winning and bestselling historian Jean Edward Smith tells the “rousing” (Jay Winik, author of 1944) story of the liberation of Paris during World War II—a triumph achieved only through the remarkable efforts of Americans, French, and Germans, racing to save the city from destruction.Following their breakout from Normandy in late June 1944, the Allies swept across northern France in pursuit of the German army. The Allies intended to by...

Details The Liberation of Paris

TitleThe Liberation of Paris
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Cultural, France, War, World War II, North American Hi..., American History, World History

Reviews The Liberation of Paris

  • Jill Hutchinson
    I was surprised that this book was so short (204 pages) and wondered how the author could capture one of the great moments of WWII in such truncated form. Somehow he did but it is somewhat lacking in some of the more detailed issues that arose as the Allies determined the strategy for rescuing Paris with the least destruction to one of the most historic cities in Europe. This lack of the more minute activities does not, however, affect the overal...
  • Lorna
    The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, De Gaulle, and Von Choltitz Saved the City of Light was a well-researched and riveting examination of the liberation of Paris in the closing months of World War II as the allies swept across France causing the retreat of the German forces. Jean Edward Smith has focused on the pivotal roles that three courageous men played in the preservation and liberation of Paris. Charles de Gaulle led provisional govern...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    This book takes a more granular look at an aspect of WWII, the liberation of Paris. After briefly covering the fall of France and the German Occupation in 1940 and after it comes to events around the D-day invasion and the breakout to the rest of France and how the liberation of Paris was to be handled. It was through smart moves by de Gaulle and Eisenhower and the German Commander of Paris Choltitz who realized the war was lost in Paris and igno...
  • Joe Keefhaver
    This is a tremendous book. It is small, only 205 pages, but it is packed with a great deal of information about the events leading up to the German surrender of Paris. The volume covers essentially the same story as does the old movie "Is Paris Burning?" I learned a great deal about the widespread acceptance of German occupation by the people of Paris and the nature of the collaborationist Vichy regime. Von Cholitz, the German commander, comes ac...
  • Michael Travis
    This easy but educational historical read was wonderful, especially coming on the heels of our visit to Paris which we hold in high esteem. I found what von Choltitz did to be so admirable, brave and just.
  • Phil
    The author of this book died only last week but left a legacy of histories well-recognized for their insight and valuable historic information. This slim volume is no exception.I knew very little about the circumstances surrounding the surprising surrender of Paris without a fight. The reason for the surrender was amazingly simple:“Many Frenchmen doubted the wisdom of the government’s going to war. The right admired Hitler and Nazi Germany. F...
  • Jen
    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-fi...
  • James Lurie
    I had read "Is Paris Burning?" by Collins and Lapierre when it was published in 1965 and thought it would be interesting to read another version of the story written with a half-century of additional perspective and research. This book is an easy read for a complicated subject. There are very few history books where a Nazi general comes off as the good guy. In this case, von Choltitz, who was in charge of Wehrmacht operations in Paris, deliberate...
  • Sara
    I’ve been wanting to become more knowledgeable about history and the major events that have helped to shape the world as we know it today. This book helped provide me with an overview of a seemingly impossible event - Paris freed from German occupation without being destroyed.I am left wanting to know more about the war and the politics that helped shape it. Thank you to Jean Edward Smith for his work in providing a snap shot of the war while e...
  • Michael DeBusk
    A popular, brief account of the liberation of Paris in WWII. The book is short on analysis but helpful for understanding the relationship between Roosevelt, de Gaulle and the other generals. The book is also helpful for understanding why von Choltitz, the German commander in Paris, refused both an immediate surrender as well as Hitler’s order to burn the city. My German grandfather was captured in the liberation and held as a prisoner of war fo...
  • Andrew
    Quick read about world war II with a focus on Paris. The author is concise and provides a great deal of intrigue throughout the book. I enjoyed the way the author retold the sequence of events leading up to the German surrender of Paris. Von Cholitz, the German commander was an interesting character that you almost sympathize with after the narrative. Raul Nordling and Charles de Gaulle were both overshadowed in history by the Americans and Briti...
  • John Munro
    A fascinating look into the intersection of war and politics and how it determined who would march down the Champs Elysses in late August of 1944. Von Choltitz, the German commander of the Paris occupation forces at the time , is perhaps the most interesting of the protagonists in the book; he must reconcile Hitler's orders to leave Paris in ruins and his personal belief that the city doesn't deserve such a fate.
  • Steve
    At age 86, Smith is proof that you don't need youth or even middle age to write a cracking good book. He does a masterful job of sorting out the personalities, conversations, actions, and communiques that resulted in Paris being saved from destruction by the Germans. It's a very satisfying read -- and one with a happy ending!
  • Bill Patton
    I enjoy reading Smith anyway, but I really enjoyed this one. A thin little book, a little over 200 pages of text, and easily read also.I highly recommend this one to any armchair historians with an interest in WW II. Not as exciting, maybe, as Collins and LaPierre's "Is Paris Burning?", but nevertheless I enjoyed it very much.
  • Amy
    Jean Edward Smith, in his acknowledgements in the back of the book, mentions he is 86 years old. Eighty-six and he still delivered on writing a history book that could have been bogged down with dense military strategies and battles. Instead, it was quite the page turner. If only my high school teachers could have made learning history this fun!
  • Sheila McCarthy
    Meh ... good background information but at barely 200 pages, not a great deal of detail. de Gaulle should be regarded as one of the great heroes of the war ... IS PARIS BURNING? is still the best book on the same subject and reads like a thriller.
  • Gerry Welsch
    Interesting history. Helped me appreciate the struggle to keep Paris from being destroyed. Short and to the point. New appreciation for Eisenhower and DeGaulle.
  • Tedd Carlson
    Very informative. I learned alot
  • Howard Sundwall
    Fascinating story.
  • Ris
    It's factual and thorough, but rather dry. I appreciated the many sides it tried to represent and how it tried to portray a complicated situation concisely.
  • Catherine G Sandberg
    Very quick, interesting read. If you like history, this is a great in-depth read about saving Paris from destruction during WWII. I never realized some of the things that went on.
  • Wendy Greene
    Wow. It takes a lot to make such an exciting event dull as dishwater. Factually informative, but a real snore fest. Maybe I'm asking for too much.
  • Ken French
    Concise overview of the events of August 1944. Well written and engaging.