Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939–1945 Audiobook, by Neill Lochery Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Neill Lochery Narrator: Robin Sachs Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481572392

Publisher Description

Throughout the Second World War, Lisbon was at the very center of the world’s attention and was the only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis powers openly operated. Portugal was frantically trying to hold on to its self-proclaimed wartime neutrality but in reality was increasingly caught in the middle of the economic, and naval, wars between the Allies and the Nazis. The story is not, however, a conventional tale of World War II in that barely a shot was fired or a bomb dropped. Instead, it is a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, opportunism, and double-dealing, all of which took place in the Cidade da Luz and along its idyllic Atlantic coastline. It is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact but came out of it in 1945 much wealthier than it had been when war broke out in 1939. Portugal’s emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold.

During the war, Lisbon was a temporary home to much of Europe’s exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the US, and to a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon’s airport as being like the movie Casablanca—times twenty.

In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the war’s backstage.

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Quotes

  • “Evocative…[Lochery] skillfully documents the experiences of the rich and glamorous as well as the less fortunate and even sinister of the city’s war time arrivals…Distilling an enormous quantity of research, he has rendered a fascinating and readable account of this small country’s role in World War II.”

    - Wall Street Journal
  • “Lisbon is a valuable source of information about an astonishing time and place.”

    - Seattle Times
  • “As interested as history readers may be in the spying, the economic war over tungsten and Allied demands for an Azores base dominate this history. A productive archival sleuth, Lochery makes original contributions to the literature of neutrality in WWII.”

    - Booklist
  • “Lochery, a professor of Middle Eastern studies at University College London, tells the gripping story of the city known as ‘Casablanca II,’ which is largely the history of António de Oliveira Salazar, the tireless prime minister whose first priority was to maintain Portugal’s neutrality.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “An engaging account of the city of Lisbon during World War II, as dictator António de Oliveira Salazar navigated treacherous diplomatic waters in order to ensure the neutrality of Portugal…Well-researched enough for an academic, but still accessible to general readers.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A part of WWII history unknown to me before this. "

    - Andrew, 11/20/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " The title is misleading. This is a biography of Salazar & I'm not a fan of biographies. During WWII Lisbon was a neutral country & a meeting place for all sorts of people on both sides. Unfortunately this book only touched on that briefly. "

    - Bob, 11/20/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Essentially a biography of Dictator Salazar, Some good parts lots of fantasy. "

    - Earl, 8/27/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Salazar was the right man in the right place and did as much for the Portuguese as Churchill did for the British or Roosevelt did for the Americans. "

    - Richard, 7/5/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Read in preparation of our trip to Portugal this was a mildly interesting but repetitive take on the role of Lisbon during WWII. "

    - Jody, 6/16/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Highly recommend if your traveling to Lisbon! "

    - Jonathan, 5/6/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I tried sticking with this book but the writing left me bored. If there's any suspense, I never found it. Too bad because the subject matter certainly sounded intriguing. "

    - Gail, 1/12/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An interesting book about Portugal, Salazar and both Allied and German intrigue in a neutral country during WWII. "

    - Francis, 1/2/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Author kept the chapters fairly short, which is great for not getting bogged-down in too many details. Liked his portrayal of Salazar: not a Saint, not a bumpkin from some backwater state. Now looking for a decent bio of Salazar. "

    - Richie, 12/25/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A good book and well researched but could have done with more on the role of the Portuguese banks and the role the city played in the British double agents. "

    - Mike, 6/24/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " There are probably better works of nonfiction on Lisbon out there. It was still a good read and does provide an interesting account of the WWII era. "

    - Rod, 11/24/2011

About the Author

Neill Lochery is a world-renowned source on Israel, the Middle East, and Mediterranean history. He is the author of five books and countless newspaper and magazine articles. He regularly appears on television in the US, the UK, and the Middle East. He is currently based at University College London and regularly gives talks in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

About the Narrator

Robin Sachs (1951–2013), actor and narrator, was raised in London and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His audiobook narrations earned ten Earphones Awards. His acting credits include Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dynasty, Nowhere Man, Babylon 5, Diagnosis Murder, Galaxy Quest, Northfork, Ocean’s 11, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Megalodon.