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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (10 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140230599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140230598
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,252,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Antony Beevor was educated at Winchester and Sandhurst, where he studied under John Keegan. A regular officer with the 11th Hussars, he left the Army to write. He has published four novels, and ten books of non-fiction. His work has appeared in more than thirty foreign editions. His books include The Spanish Civil War; Inside the British Army; Crete -- The Battle and the Resistance, which was awarded a Runciman Prize, and Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949 (written with his wife Artemis Cooper). He has also contributed to several books including The British Army, Manpower and Society into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Hew Strachan and to Russia - War, Peace & Diplomacy in honour of the late John Erickson.
Stalingrad, first published in 1998, won the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature in 1999. The British edition was a number one bestseller in both hardback and paperback. Berlin - The Downfall 1945, published in 2002, was accompanied by a BBC Timewatch programme on his research into the subject. It has been a No. 1 Bestseller in seven countries as well as Britain, and in the top five in another nine countries. The book received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award.
In May 2004, he published The Mystery of Olga Chekhova, which describes the experiences of the Chekhov and Knipper families from before the Russian revolution until after the Second World War. His Russian research assistant Dr Lyubov Vinogradova and he edited and translated the war time papers of the novelist Vasily Grossman, published in September 2005 as A Writer at War - Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945.
He has also published a completely revised edition of his 1982 history of the Spanish Civil War, with a great deal of new material from Spanish sources and foreign archives. This came out in Spain in September 2005 as La guerra civil española where it became the No.1 Bestseller and received the La Vanguardia prize for non-fiction. It appeared in English in spring, 2006, as The Battle for Spain - The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939. It has been a top ten bestseller in eight countries.
D-Day - The Battle for Normandy, published in June 2009, has been a No 1 Bestseller in seven countries, including the UK and France, and in the top ten in another eight countries. It has received the Prix Henry Malherbe in France and the Duke of Westminster Medal from the Royal United Services Institute.
His most recent book, The Second World War, published in June 2012, is being translated into twenty-one languages. It has already been a No 1 bestseller in Britain and four other countries, and a bestseller in another four. Altogether, more than five million copies of his books have been sold.
Antony Beevor was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997 and in 2008 was awarded the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the President of Estonia. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1999. He was the 2002-2003 Lees-Knowles lecturer at Cambridge. In 2003, he received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. He is also Visiting Professor at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. In September 2003, he succeeded Philip Pullman as Chairman of the Society of Authors and handed over to Helen Dunmore in September, 2005. He has received honorary degrees of Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and the University of Bath. He was a judge of the British Academy Book Prize and the David Cohen Prize in 2004, and is a member of the Samuel Johnson Prize steering committee. He is married to the writer and biographer Artemis Cooper and they have a daughter Nella and a son Adam.

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Outstanding, enormously enjoyable, exciting (Philip Ziegler Daily Telegraph)

Held me gripped by every page and I was impatient at any interruption. Spellbinding, often frightening and sometimes funny (Alec Guinness Daily Mail) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Antony Beevor began his career as a professional officer in the 11th Hussars. He is the author of several books, including The Spanish Civil War, Crete and The Mystery of Olga Chekhova. With his wife, Artemis Cooper, he wrote Paris After the Liberation, but he is best known for his books Berlin and Stalingrad, the international No 1 bestseller, and winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, Wolfson Price and Hawthornden Prize. He lives in London and Kent.

Artemis Cooper is the author of several books, including Cairo in the War 1939-1945 and Writing at the Kitchen Table. Her grandfather, Duff Cooper, was the first post-war British ambassador to Paris, and his private diaries and papers provide one of the unpublished sources for this book.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sep 2004
Format: Paperback
Readers of history books have come to expect nothing but the best from Anthony Beevor and this is no exception. The superb pairing of Beevor with Artemis Cooper has produced an excellent account (certainly the best I've read) on France during and after the Liberation.
Cooper (a descendent of Duff Cooper, the first post-war ambassador to France) provides a massive contribution to the text with the diaries and letters of Duff and Diana Cooper which inspires a wholly original and unique insight to the politics at the time.
This, added to the exceptionally accessible style of Beevor, makes a thoroughly enjoyable, as well as informative read.
The only criticism I can think of is the occasional niggling feeling at the end of the odd paragraph that the story that has just been recounted was not quite finished. This is certainly not a common occurrence and does not at all detract from the main body of the narrative.
The book covers many aspects of life after the Libreation in Paris - not just political, it also focuses a great deal on the lives of intellectuals and artists - and also gives an idea as to the suffering of France generally in those hard years.
In conclusion I must recommend this book to anyone with even the vaguest interest in French social history.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb 2001
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This well written book provides a highly amusing portrait of Paris after the war. It covers politics, literature and the night life. Sartre and all the rest of the crew. It explains why the communists are still a force in politics now and reveals a shrewd understanding of the French psyche.
It is certainly worth buying. Up in the same league as Beevor's book on Stalingrad.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Funguslava on 20 Jan 2012
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This is a fascinating account of France on a knife edge as it tries to come to terms with the aftermath of the occupation and re-establish its shattered economy and democracy. With the war ended the glue which held together the politically disparate elements of the Resistance is dissolved, freedom fighters have to find common ground with collaborators and everyone has to try to rebuild the country against the background of British, American and Russian interference with the ever-present threats of communist revolution or fascist dictatorship lurking in the background. Modern France could have turned out to be very different to the country we now know.

The story is told largely through the eyes of socialites, diplomats and the emerging group of left-bank, left-wing intellectuals who both shape and are shaped by events. Although this range of sources seems limited, the authors successfully use it to produce a framework which clearly sets out the events of the period and goes a long way to explaining the attitudes of the society which emerges. Even if one sometimes wishes that the voices and experiences of ordinary Parisians were more to the fore, this book is a very readable introduction to how France reinvented itself.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Moi, j'aime lire... on 8 Jun 2011
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This isn't a one-star book - it's a very interesting look at fascinating times (although another reviewer here quite rightly notes that it lingers on the upper crust of society and does not feature the voices of ordinary Parisians as much as you'd expect). I'd give it four for the text.

Why a one-star review, then?

Because the e-book conversion is incredibly shoddy, and this is the only way to get Penguin to notice the fact. The whole text is packed with poorly converted typesetting joining words together, so you get nonsense like "itemon", "anti-clericalismon" and "telegramto" (all these in the space of a few pages: the book is full of them).

Does this stop me from reading and enjoying the text? No.

Does it make me wonder why I paid for it? Yes. Penguin are taking the cash and not bothering to send the book out for a proof read.

Come on, pull your socks up. There are good reasons why editorial standards as we understand them exist and this book doesn't meet them at all.

Mr Beevor / Ms Cooper / Penguin-Person, if you do happen to read this - please leave a comment. I'd be very interested to hear what you have to say.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dobester on 11 April 2010
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This book is really about the experiences of Paris's upper-class "gratin" and the friends and associates of Mr Beevor's wife's father, the British diplomat Duff Cooper. It becomes almost parodic in its descriptions of dinners and distressed gentlefolk, and as such is very different from Mr Beevor's previous books on Stalingrad and Berlin, which were made from the memories of people from all levels of society. It's like reading a history of London during the war written by Harold Nicholson. Elegantly written and interesting, but most definitely not a history of Paris.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug 2010
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A marvellously absorbing history of Paris in the final year of the war after Liberation and the immediate post-war years, covering the whole range of issues - the desperate economic situation, political chaos, military tensions within the wartime alliance and the start of the Cold War, but also the intellectual life, and the worlds of fashion, art and literature, in many cases closely tied to political developments. Great stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Reay on 27 Sep 2013
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So much was happening in Europe after France's liberation. Amazing to see how history was re-written by many of the French to hide the level of collaboration that actually happened. My thing is the SOE and to read De Gaulles reasons for telling agents they were no longer wanted in France was shocking. An in depth explanation of a bleak period in France's history.
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