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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Glass Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Acclaimed journalist Charles Glass looks to the American expatriate experience of Nazi-occupied Paris to reveal a fascinating forgotten history of the greatest generation.

In Americans in Paris, tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit, and survival unfold season by season as renowned journalist Charles Glass tells the story of a remarkable cast of expatriates and their struggles in Nazi Paris. Before the Second World War began, approximately thirty thousand Americans lived in Paris, and when war broke out in 1939 almost five thousand remained. As citizens of a neutral nation, the Americans in Paris believed they had little to fear. They were wrong. Glass’ 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.

Artists, writers, scientists, playboys, musicians, cultural mandarins, and ordinary businessmen—all were swept up in extraordinary circumstances and tested as few Americans before or since. These stories come together to create a unique portrait of an eccentric, original, and diverse American community.

Charles Glass has written an exciting, fast-paced, and elegant account of the moral contradictions faced by Americans in Paris during France’s dangerous occupation years. For four hard years, from the summer of 1940 until US troops liberated Paris in August 1944, Americans were intimately caught up in the city’s fate. Americans in Paris is an unforgettable tale of treachery by some, cowardice by others, and unparalleled bravery by a few.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fascinating treat.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “A vivid gallery of expatriates animates this chronicle of Paris during the Second World War. Drawing heavily on primary source material, Glass narrates the Nazi Occupation year by year, unfolding stories of resilience and despair…By focusing with exhaustive thoroughness on a relatively small group, Glass is able to capture the complex stories of ‘as diverse a collection of opposed beliefs and backgrounds as in any American metropolis.’”

    New Yorker

  • “Charles Glass handles this rich and complex material well…He never loses the reader’s attention.”


  • “Once upon a time, historians told stories about the brave and the cowardly, about heroes, villains, and the many whose lives lay somewhere in between. That’s what Glass…has done in this extraordinary narrative…This is outstanding popular history, well researched and told and never oversimplified. It’s difficult to conceive of anyone who wouldn’t enjoy this exceptional book.”

    Library Journal

  • “The American community in Paris under Nazi occupation is a wonderful subject, and Glass tells its story admirably…Malcolm Hillgartner’s deep, rich voice presents the story with interest and without unnecessary drama. He avoids corny accents in his presentation of dialogue, and his pronunciations in French and German are careful and clear.”


  • “Malcolm Hillgartner has a rich, melodious voice; he is also quite proficient in dealing with the French, German, and British accents as well as the French phrases sprinkled throughout. His fully voiced reading expresses the tension of this perilous time and reflects the changes in the characters’ lives.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joanne Gass | 2/18/2014

    " A very good, and interesting, history of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation and what they did or did not do to resist the occupation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mike | 2/17/2014

    " Some interesting events and people but reads like a scientific journal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Margaret Sankey | 2/6/2014

    " For Americans who stayed in France in 1940, the next five years were a test of resourcefulness and character--from their privileged position as neutrals to internment as enemy aliens, Glass follows a broad spectrum of people--African-American Foreign Legionary Robert Anderson, Roosevelt in-law (and mother in law of Josee Laval) Clara Longworth de Chambrun, Dr. Sumner Jackson of the American Hospital, Ambassador William Bullitt, ambiguous businessman Charles Bedaux and Sylvia Beach of the bookstore Shakespeare and Co "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debra | 2/5/2014

    " A fabulous collection of individual's stories. "

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About the Author

Charles Glass is the author of Tribes with Flags, Money for Old Rope, and The Northern Front. A world-famous journalist, he was the chief Middle East correspondent for ABC News and has covered wars in Lebanon, Eritrea, Rhodesia, Somalia, Iraq, Egypt, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His writing appears in Harper’s, the Independent, and the Spectator.