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The Hotel on Place Vendome [Kindle Edition]

Tilar J. Mazzeo
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

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Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, The Hôtel on Place Vendôme is the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz—a breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Mazzeo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot and The Secret of Chanel No. 5

When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the legendary Hôtel Ritz on the Place Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed in the occupied city by order of Adolf Hitler.

Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening in fin de siècle Paris. At its center, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. 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.

Rich in detail, illustrated with black-and-white photos, The Hotel on Place Vendôme is a remarkable look at this extraordinary crucible where the future of post-war France—and all of post-war Europe—was transformed. 



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“In The Hotel on Place Vendôme, [Mazzeo] pulls back the heavy curtains of the Ritz in Paris to reveal a steamy world of sex, drugs, partying and political intrigue.” (Alan Riding, author of And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris)

“Mazzeo enthrallingly depicts a hotbed of both the magnificent and the mundane. . . . Readers will enjoy Mazzeo’s fascinating collection of secretive, scheming historical characters, all under one elegant roof.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Fiction could not write betrayal, resistance, collaboration, or celebration with more robustness or with a more alluring who’s-who of writers, artists, and military powers than history did in this single hotel. ” (Booklist)

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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. By the 1920s the bar became a favorite watering hole for F. Scott Fitzgerald and other writers of the Lost Generation, including Ernest Hemingway. In June 1940, when France fell to the Germans, Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of the Third Reich, famously declared that the nation's capital would remain a high-spirited place—or else. 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. At its center, 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 to the spies among them) who stayed on in Paris. At Coco Chanel's table in the dining room on any given evening, one might find the playwright and screenwriter Sacha Guitry, the lithe Russian ballet star Serge Lifar, or Jean Cocteau and his handsome boyfriend.

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. By the spring of 1944, as the tides of the war shifted, these stories were all coming to their dramatic and sometimes heartbreaking conclusions. There were celebrations as well: when Ernest Hemingway returned in the last hours of the occupation with his rogue band of "irregular" troops to liberate the Hôtel Ritz, they also liberated many bottles of vintage wine from its cellars.

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061791083
  • Publisher: Harper (March 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DB32R18
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Reprint of "Much Ado About Nothing" June 3, 2014
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This is the most poorly written and superficial "history" book that I have ever read. It is so full of factual errors that it is almost impossible to absorb them, and the author makes statements throughout the book which have no truth whatsoever. They are far too numerous to mention, but a few of them include her statement that the American Assimilated Colonel Fred Wardenburg was called away from a hotel in Washington late one evening in 1944 and was at the Ritz Hotel in Paris the following morning. If his aircraft had flown by the fastest possible route, stopping only at Gander or Goose Bay, and then at Shannon or Prestwick, he would not have arrived in Paris until the following night.
This may seem trivial, but it is an example of the author's complete disinterest in facts. Another is her claim that Ernest Hemingway committed suicide ay his home in Key West. He did not. It was at his home in Ketchum, Idaho..
The author makes statements as though they were facts, when there is not a shred of truth to them. It is beyond pitiful, and a disgrace to literature.
It is sad that anyone would publish such a book., The publisher's proof reader left an unnecessary "t" after the word "only" on page 16. Very sloppy this. I wish I had my money back..
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars has this book been researched at all? May 2, 2014
Format:Hardcover
I am up to page 33 of this book and already I have found two factual mistakes.
1. P 20 Serge Diaghilev is described as a " lithe ballet star", in fact he was a portly impressario.
He is also described as frequenting Coco Chanel's table at the Ritz. She is described as living there since the early 1930s. Diaghilev died in 1929!
2. P33 Sacha Guitry is described as a"young playwright" attending Parisian literary salons in 1897, which would make him 12 years old, young indeed.
Such errors seriously put the book's credibility in question
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chatty November 12, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
An account of Paris's Ritz Hotel from the Dreyfus Affair to the 1968 student riots and beyond. For most of this time, the Ritz was the political and artistic center of Paris. Its tenants included Coco Chanel and assorted multimillionaires. Hemingway drank at the bar. Cocteau and Proust frequented the bar and the dining room. During the Occupation, Hermann Goering took over an entire floor, and small cells of the French Resistance were run by hotel staff, including the legendary Ritz bartender (inventor of some of the most popular cocktails of the period), Frank Meier. The Ritz was, in its heyday, much more than a mere hotel.

Tilar Mazzeo has found a novel lens on modern European history. Kudos to her. The book's narrative moves like gangbusters. However, the account is rather superficial. There are strong threads running through French politics from Dreyfus through the 1968 student riots in Paris, and Mazzeo doesn't examine these in any detail. She gives us instead a parade of celebrities, eccentrics, and the very interesting who flit by. We don't get to really know any of them. This wouldn't be so bad if the treatment of themes had been deeper. Mazzeo is welcome to her approach, but it doesn't lead to a meaningful history. If you want to know something of the French Resistance and the collaborationists, see Ophul's The Sorrow and the Pity instead.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Always Have Paris November 14, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
An epic human drama that sweeps across the pages of history with might, misfortune and triumph, this is the story of "The Hotel on Place Vendome". The author Tilar J. Mazzio who wrote the endlessly fascinating, "The Secret of Chanel No.5" has created in this book about The Ritz Hotel in Paris a real page turner of a read. Sharply detailed, witty, brave, funny and tragic, it is a brilliant accomplishment.

Everyone goes to the Ritz..

Like in the great World War II film, "Casablanca" everybody who is anybody in this true story goes to The Ritz. What happened in real life between the covers of this book surpasses anything of reel life that every came out of Hollywood in the golden age. Over the course of the story from the opening of the grand hotel to the end of the war a parade of unforgettable characters from Marcel Proust to Marlene Dietrich and everyone in between shows up to play out the most extraordinary drama. The hotel staff, the permanent guests, the horizontal collaborators, the resistors, the conquerors, the liberators, the beautiful and the dammed, they are all here in these dazzling unforgettable pages.

The book opens with a cast of characters much like an old classic film from the thirties. Each is presented in a small capsule of words. Just enough is revealed to make the reader hungry for the story to begin. And begin it does with a cinematic sweep.

"That was the day the Germans marched into Paris... I remember every detail, the Germans wore grey, you wore blue."

With the arrival of the German Army and under Hitler's order that "Paris remain happy and gay or else" the hotel stays open. The fear was that if they did not keep it going during the occupation it might be lost forever to its owners, the Ritz family.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Poorly written, laden with inaccuracies. Never should have been published without fact checking. Where did author get her information? Sources in notes often taken out of context.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read about the celebrities of the WW2 era.
Published 2 days ago by Shoequeen
3.0 out of 5 stars A view of Paris under Nazis & beyond
This account of those living at the Hotel Ritz is a history of the owners & occupants from its inception to the present day. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Coffee Lover
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was hard to follow with too many characters ...
This book was hard to follow with too many characters. Way too wordy. I was frustrated reading this book due to the fact the authors repeats info making it reduntant to read. Read more
Published 9 days ago by J. Ruth
1.0 out of 5 stars Try another hotel
The author appears not to have had an "fact checker". And if there was an editor, he/she should be ashamed!
The book has so many factual errors (i.e. S. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Barbara D. Horgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good historical perspective on how people coped during the war.
Published 12 days ago by Naglerrich
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not live up to expectations . More of documentary .
Published 13 days ago by Alan Mace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fabulous book. i would give it 5 stars
Published 13 days ago by Lucile M. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down!
I felt as though I was there, and sharing the incredible times in this beautiful place. A lot of interesting insights into what was occurring during that time. Really enjoyed it!
Published 15 days ago by Judith Lund-Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly superficial
An interesting book, but somehow not as good as I thought it would be. The writing is mediocre-- it almost has a tabloid journalism flavor as the author breathlessly reports on... Read more
Published 15 days ago by A reader
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Published 15 days ago by Babette Cohen
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More About the Author

Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of Back Lane Wineries of Sonoma (The Little Bookroom),The New York Times best-selling 'oenobiography 'The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It (Harper), and the forthcoming Back Lane Wineries of Napa (The Little Bookroom, Spring 2010). The Widow Clicquot has been recognized by Gourmand as the Best Work of Wine Literature in the United States for 2008. A member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association, her work has appeared in Food and Wine magazine. She divides her time between the California wine country and the East Coast, where she is a professor of English at Colby College.

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