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Paris in the Fifties


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ISBN13: 9780812931372
ISBN10: 0812931378
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In July 1947, fresh out of college and long before he would win the Pulitzer Prize and become known as one of America's finest historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter bound for France, planning to stay for the summer. He stayed for ten years, first as a student and later as a correspondent for Time magazine. By the time he left, Karnow knew Paris so intimately that his French colleagues dubbed him "le plus parisien des Américains" --the most Parisian American.

Now, Karnow returns to the France of his youth, perceptively and wittily illuminating a time and place like none other. Karnow came to France at a time when the French were striving to return to the life they had enjoyed before the devastation of World War II. Yet even during food shortages, political upheavals, and the struggle to come to terms with a world in which France was no longer the mighty power it had been, Paris remained a city of style, passion, and romance.

Paris in the Fifties transports us to Latin Quarter cafés and basement jazz clubs, to unheated apartments and glorious ballrooms. We meet such prominent political figures as Charles de Gaulle and Pierre Mendès-France, as well as Communist hacks and the demagogic tax rebel Pierre Poujade. We get to know illustrious intellectuals, among them Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and André Malraux, and visit the glittering salons where aristocrats with exquisite manners mingled with trendy novelists, poets, critics, artists, composers, playwrights, and actors. We meet Christian Dior, who taught Karnow the secrets of haute couture, and Prince Curnonsky, France's leading gourmet, who taught the young reporter to appreciate the complexities of haute cuisine. Karnow takes us to marathon murder trials in musty courtrooms, accompanies a group of tipsy wine connoisseurs on a tour of the Beaujolais vineyards, and recalls the famous automobile race at Le Mans when a catastrophic accident killed more than eighty spectators. Back in Paris, Karnow hung out with visiting celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Audrey Hepburn, and in Paris in the Fifties we meet them too.

A veteran reporter and historian, Karnow has written a vivid and delightful history of a charmed decade in the greatest city in the world.


This "New York Times" bestseller chronicles a beautiful and bygone era in the history of the world's most alluring city, from the vantage point of a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was a part of it. 20 line drawings.

About the Author

Stanley Karnow is the author of, among other books, the bestselling Vietnam: A History and the Pulitzer Prize-winning In Our Image: America and the Philippines. He lives outside of Washington, D.C.

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nafis9, May 30, 2006 (view all comments by nafis9)
This book is only second to Ernest Hemingway's "A moveable feast" in its ability to capture the idealistic frivolity of being young and being in Paris. Karnow writes magnificently on every aspect of post-war Parisian life inviting the reader to be nostalgic for a setting he has never experienced. He writes of a time so perfect that it gives the reader a subtle feeling that somehow happiness is passing him by.
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Product Details

Karnow, Annette
Karnow, Annette
Three Rivers Press (CA)
New York, NY :
Europe - France
Paris (france)
National characteristics, french
France Politics and government 1945-
Paris (France) Social life and customs.
General Biography
World History-France
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 23
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
8.34x5.59x.89 in. .67 lbs.

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