By Stanley Karnow
In July 1947, clean out of faculty and lengthy earlier than he might win the Pulitzer Prize and turn into often called one among America's most interesting historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter sure for France, making plans to stick for the summer time. He stayed for ten years, first as a scholar and later as a correspondent for Time journal. by the point he left, Karnow knew Paris so in detail that his French colleagues dubbed him "le plus parisien des Américains" --the so much Parisian American.
Now, Karnow returns to the France of his formative years, perceptively and wittily illuminating a time and position like none different. Karnow got here to France at a time whilst the French have been striving to come to the existence that they had loved ahead of the devastation of worldwide struggle II. but even in the course of foodstuff shortages, political upheavals, and the fight to return to phrases with a global within which France was once not the effective strength it have been, Paris remained a urban of favor, ardour, and romance.
Paris within the Fifties transports us to Latin area cafés and basement jazz golf equipment, to unheated flats and wonderful ballrooms. We meet such in demand political figures as Charles de Gaulle and Pierre Mendès-France, in addition to Communist hacks and the demagogic tax insurgent Pierre Poujade. We get to grasp illustrious intellectuals, between them Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and André Malraux, and stopover at the glittering salons the place aristocrats with beautiful manners mingled with stylish novelists, poets, critics, artists, composers, playwrights, and actors. We meet Christian Dior, who taught Karnow the secrets and techniques of high fashion, and Prince Curnonsky, France's best gourmand, who taught the younger reporter to understand the complexities of haute delicacies. Karnow takes us to marathon homicide trials in musty courtrooms, accompanies a bunch of tipsy wine connoisseurs on a journey of the Beaujolais vineyards, and remembers the recognized motor vehicle race at Le Mans while a catastrophic coincidence killed greater than 80 spectators. again in Paris, Karnow frolicked with traveling celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Audrey Hepburn, and in Paris within the Fifties we meet them too.
A veteran reporter and historian, Karnow has written a vibrant and pleasant heritage of a charmed decade within the maximum urban on the planet.