Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Assured, detailed, highly readable . . . does honor to all those who labored to keep French wines from barbarous hands. An engrossing addition to the popular literature of WWII." ---Kirkus Starred Review
The remarkable untold story of France's courageous, clever vintners who protected and rescued the country's most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.
About the Author
Don Kladstrup is the author, together with his wife, Petie, of Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times.A former television news correspondent for ABC and CBS, he has received three Emmys and numerous other awards for his work overseas. The parents of two daughters, Don and Petie divide their time between Paris and Normandy, France. Petie Kladstrup is a freelance writer who has written widely about France and French life. An Overseas Press Club winner, she has worked as newspaper journalist and, more recently, as a protocol officer for the U.S. ambassador to UNESCO. She is the author, together with her husband, Don, of Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times. The parents of two daughters, Don and Petie divide their time between Paris and Normandy, France. Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?