Set towards the backdrop of the Nazi profession of Global Battle II, The Hôtel on Position Vendôme is the fascinating historical past of Paris’s Global-well-known Hôtel Ritz—a wide ranging story of glamour, opulence, and famous person; bad liaisons, espionage, and resistance—from Tilar J. Manzeo, the New York Occasions bestselling writer of The Widow Clicquot and The Mystery of Chanel No. 5

When France fell to the Germans in June 1940, the mythical Hôtel Ritz on the Position Vendôme—an icon of Paris frequented via movie stars and famous person writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, playboys, and princes—was once the one luxurious Resort of its type allowed within the occupied town via order of Adolf Hitler.

Tilar J. Mazzeo lines the historical past of this cultural landmark from its starting in fin de siècle Paris. At its heart, The Resort on Position Vendôme is an atypical chronicle of existence on the Ritz throughout wartime, while the Hôtel was once concurrently headquarters to the best-rating German officials, equivalent to Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and residential to unique buyers, together with Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, eating rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and fatal intrigue, in addition to shocking acts of defiance and treachery.

Rich intimately, illustrated with black-and-white pictures, The Resort on Position Vendôme is a outstanding take a look at this atypical crucible the place the way forward for put up-Battle France—and all of put up-Battle Europe—was once remodeled.