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Is Paris Burning? Hardcover – January 1, 1965

ISBN-13: 978-0671387273 ISBN-10: 0671387278 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 1st edition (January 1, 1965)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671387278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671387273
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,356,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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''Thanks to the authors, we can live every dramatic moment again. They have not only written history but an exciting thriller.'' --Art Buchwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist

''A great story . . . Dramatic, exciting, and intensely human.'' --New York Times

''The most readable book of the year . . . it is a measure of the accomplishment, that knowing the end of the story as all of us do, we are still so immersed that the mounting action is as powerful as it must have been to the participants. We are directly aware of the tension, suspense, and irony of the experience.'' --Los Angeles Times

''Extraordinary…Absorbing.'' --Time

''One of the great cliff-hangers of all time…Heart-stopping!'' --Life

''Dramatic…Hundreds of characters are introduced to lend color and authenticity.'' --Christian Science Monitor

''One of the most dramatic stories of World War II . . . Exciting, stirring, skillfully dramatized, meticulously documented.'' --Saturday Review Syndicate

''You will be moved by the descriptions and want to see Paris to witness what history allowed to survive. Is Paris Burning? is researched with meticulous and riveting detail, well narrated, and certain to keep you intrigued.'' --AudioFile --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

LARRY COLLINS (1929-2005) was born and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut, and is a graduate of Yale University. He was for more than ten years a foreign correspondent in North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, first for UPI and then for Newsweek, for which he was Paris Bureau chief.

DOMINIQUE LAPIERRE was for many years senior reporter and editor for Paris Match. He is the author of several earlier books published in France, some of them based on his knowledge of the United States, where he attended Lafayette College and where his father served with the French diplomatic service. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

An excellent well written book that grips the readers interest with a firm hold.
John the Reader
I read this book for the first time when I was twelve years old and decided that if I ever had a time machine Liberated Paris 1944 would be my first stop.
Brian Keith O. Hara
The authors of this book had done a great work performing a very readable and entertaining piece.
Maximiliano F Yofre

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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Swanson MD on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If Hitler had his way, there would be no Notre Dame, none of Paris' beautiful bridges, no Eiffel Tower. The Allies didn't stop him, a brave German general did. At a tremendous personal risk, he resolved not to be the man to destroy the most beautiful city in the world.
The story is told with the in-your-face realism of two journalists. Yet it's full of humor and even downright silliness. Would-be soldier Enrnest Hemingway captured a German soldier and relieved him of his pants. Why? He figured no man would escape half-naked. He was right.
This isn't about troop movements, it's about real people risking their lives (and those of their families) to liberate Paris. After all, Eisenhower didn't think he had enough fuel or time to fight a mini-war for Paris. He desperately needed to push east to Germany.
So how did it all happen? Read the book, in Paris if you can, but whever you can find a good lamp. Is Paris Burning? will keep you up late at night.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Richard W Little on May 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Is Paris Burning? by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. The book is the fascinating tale of how Paris evaded the fate Hitler envisioned for it at the end of the Second World War. It's a complex tale, , with characters including Hitler and his staff in his bunker, the last German military governor in Paris and his staff, the French freedom fighters in Paris (both the Gaullists and the Communists), de Gaulle himself, Eisenhower and Bradley and the various other members of the Allied command structure, the Swedish ambassador in Paris, and common people, in the armed forces and in the streets of Paris. The title is drawn from a question Hitler asked, when he found out that Allied troops were approaching Paris.

The tale starts with the uprising in Paris, and ends just after its liberation is celebrated in the streets. Hitler had hand-picked the last military governor of Paris, based upon his reputation from attacks against Rotterdam and Sevastapol, and he had the task of holding back the Allies at Paris, or, failing that, reducing Paris to ruins, much like Warsaw had recently suffered. The Allies had every intention of bypassing Paris and moving onwards, but the freedom fighters in Paris knew the Allies were nearby, and hoped to push things to their advantage. All of these things should have spelt disaster for the City of Lights, but opportunity and stubborn resistance and collusion and soldier's honour led to a different outcome.

The authors tell a spellbinding tale, based upon much research. My copy is a used copy, and dates back to the mid-1960s (bought it on amazon, used). There are a great deal of photos, documenting scenes from throughout the story. The authors, in my opinion, did a commendable job, and I would recommend this book to those interested in Paris, or in the Second World War.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on October 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
The dreadful question "Is Paris burning?" was put by Hitler himself to the German commander of Paris.

It anticipated the mad politic he will follow in the last year of WWII: burn it all, destroy it all (enemy or German alike).

The authors of this book had done a great work performing a very readable and entertaining piece.

They apply the technique of interviewing key witness, ranging from public figures to almost unknown particulars, from Allies military thru Resistance members, from Diplomats to German military. All of them have their saying and express their viewpoints unrestricted.

The collective memories of the witnesses generate an enormous "collage" of the period.

Collins and Lapierre take this huge mass of information to produce a coherent, ordered, dynamic and griping story that keep the reader going on.

An excellent 1966's film of the same title with an all stars cast is done based on this book.

This is an informative book commendable for anyone who is interested in WWII history or in the curious and dangerous events that endangered the existence one of the most beautiful City Capitals of the world.

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lukic on April 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As part of Adolf Hitler's nihilistic resolution to decimate all traces of his infamous conquests and satanic occupations, Paris was to turn into a victim of Warsaw proportions. Lapierre and Collins masterfully direct the reader to the grueling scenario Generalfeldmarschall Dietricht von Choltitz had to endure: a German army turned decadent from Parisian amenities; allied troops slowly filling in the fringes of the French capital; and most importantly, Hitler's irreversible obsession to obliterate le Champs Elysées, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the perennial scars of European history.
Hopscotching between enemy lines, the authors draw the nauseating political picture of Paris during August of 1944 with Resistance militias and FFI agents vying for eventual supremacy, de Gaulle battling against time and the insensitive Eisenhower to avoid internal military strife and eventual Communist hegemony, and Wehrmacht officers contemplating the insurmountable fate of the City of Lights. They also explain in detail the military background of the liberation of northwest France and the strategic and political dilemma facing the Supreme Command of the Allied Expeditionary Forces: chasing after the subdued German army all the way to the Rhine or liberating a Paris overshadowed by the hammer and the sickle.
"Is Paris Burning?" is superbly documented, intelligently written, and scrutinizingly researched. The real accounts of heroes and antiheroes, mothers and sons, Fascists and Communists, French and German alike are spellbinding and Homeric.
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