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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Kladstrup Narrator: Todd McLaren Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown - until now.

This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to those extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ideagirl Agirl | 2/4/2014

    " Great story full of adventure and intrigue, it totally sucked me in "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/30/2014

    " A very interesting story. Light reading. Probably would have enjoyed a more in-depth study of the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 YFC | 1/29/2014

    " How french winemakers keep their wine from being looted by the Nazis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/24/2014

    " An interesting slant on France's WW2 experiences through the prism of the wine industry. Some great anecdotes about fooling the Germans are juxtaposed with stories that highlight the horror and brutality of the Nazi regime. More than anything, this book shows how fundamentally important wine is as part of French identity, life and culture. I found the reading of it was even more pleasurable with a glass of wine in hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra D | 1/21/2014

    " Lively, engaging story of French winemakers' efforts to protect their legacy and livelihood from greedy Nazi invaders, though probably of more interest to oenophiles than others. Ironically, my favorite wine is a nice dry Riesling from Germany. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/14/2014

    " This was of course a book about war, but it was principally a book about the French people and what it was like to live with the threat and the reality of life under German occupation. It was a life where all bets were off, where what was yours could cease to be yours on a moment's notice. The products of a lifetime of effort--carefully nurtured vineyards, cellars full of premium wines, beloved horses--could be taken away any instant on the whim of nearby soldiers or far-away military leaders. Sons were conscripted into the enemy army and brothers in the French army or French Resistance could end up fighting against them. All associations were questioned and anything perceived as resistance or sabotage could result in death or a one-way ticket to a prisoner or concentration camp. It was a very moving story from the French point of view. It had a satisfying ending, however, when after the liberation scores of supplies of wine were also liberated from Hitler's headquarters and returned to the cellars where they belonged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/13/2014

    " Kladstrup's first book. Fabulous. See "Champagne" by them, too. Best interweaving of wine and history I've seen. Wine is part geography (terroir), part history, part art, and part science. The Kladstrup's have done enthusiasts a huge service by writing so entertainingly about wine history! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Macdougall | 1/10/2014

    " The best terribly written book I've ever read. The story was fantastic, but the book was in need of some significant editing. Otherwise, would've been 5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 1/3/2014

    " This is a very interesting book but marred by the authors' narrative ineptitude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 11/8/2013

    " really interesting and informative about the role of France and the wine industry in WWII, told through the personal stories of several very influential french wine families "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 11/4/2013

    " A really personal narrative of the French men and women who were willing to take huge risks to protect not just their wines but what those wines represented to their families and their culture. The stories were intimate, touching, heartbreaking and hopeful. I'm glad I stumbled onto this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coco | 10/5/2013

    " So interesting - french winemakers certainly have a lot of pride in their product, with all they risked to protect it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marshall Robinson | 10/5/2013

    " The cat and mouse game played by the french and germans during WWll over French Wine. Good background for wine lovers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 9/29/2013

    " If you like France or wine or if you have an interest in WW II history, this little book is a quick and enjoyable book full of interviews with survivors of the occupation and their children who have grown up hearing their parents' stories. It's in no way an objective account, but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke Glover | 9/24/2013

    " This book has been on my list a long time, and I wasn't disappointed. Fascinating focus for a WWII book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 6/11/2013

    " Great book if you like history and wine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 2/21/2013

    " I read this for book group. I found the book interesting, informative, and well written. I have a special fondness for books about WWII and this did not disappoint. I am looking forward to the book group discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Darrow | 1/21/2013

    " A light and easy book to read. A good topical history of WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Reynolds | 12/15/2012

    " A fun read. While I learned a lot about winemakers during this period I could have used a touch more war history and how it connected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 7/25/2012

    " Not a great piece of literature but, if you're like me and enjoy wine and history, this is a must read. Insightful re the French attitude toward life. Have loaned this to many friends who enjoyed it as much as I have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 7/19/2012

    " This is a good book but a difficult read, given the many wineries/families involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Rex | 7/11/2012

    " Find out the steps taken by the Frenchies to protect their national treasure - wine - during the Nazi invasion & occupation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Smith | 5/2/2012

    " As is usually the case the best parts of history are always left out of the school books. This was truly a gem that ought to be read. Who knew how much wine would play in the second world war? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 4/16/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoyed reading this for our SYC BookClub--even though I didn't make the meeting! "

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