Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure


Broadway Books - 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. The remarkable untold story of france’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

To be a frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine. Claude terrail, restaurant la tour d’argentin 1940, owner, 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. Wine and war illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure - 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.

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Champagne: How the World's Most Glamorous Wine Triumphed Over War and Hard Times


HarperCollins e-books - Throughout history, waves of invaders have coveted the northeast corner of France: Attila the Hun in the fifth century, the English in the Hundred Years War, the Prussians in the nineteenth century. It tells how a sparkling beverage that became the toast of society during the Belle Epoque emerged after World War I as a global icon of fine taste and good living.

Champagne is the story of the world's favourite wine. The book celebrates the gutsy, larger–than–life characters whose proud determination nurtured and preserved the land and its grapes throughout centuries of conflict. Yet this region – which historians say has suffered more battles and wars than any other place on earth – is also the birthplace of one thing the entire world equates with good times, friendship and celebration: champagne.

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Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine


Twelve - The sinister story that vanity fair journalist Maximillian Potter uncovered would lead to a sting operation by some of France's top detectives, the primary suspect's suicide, and a dramatic investigation. Amazon best book of the month, july 2014journalist Maximillian Potter uncovers a fascinating plot to destroy the vines of La Romanée-Conti, Burgundy's finest and most expensive wine.

Shadows in the vineyard takes us deep into a captivating world full of fascinating characters, small-town French politics, an unforgettable narrative, and a local culture defined by the twinned veins of excess and vitality and the deep reverent attention to the land that runs through it. Villaine believed it to be a sick joke, but that proved a fatal miscalculation and the crime shocked this fabled region of France.

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine - This botanical crime threatened to destroy the fiercely traditional culture surrounding the world's greatest wine. In january 2010, the tiny, aubert de villaine, storied vineyard that produces the most expensive, exquisite wines in the world, the famed proprietor of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, received an anonymous note threatening the destruction of his priceless vines by poison-a crime that in the world of high-end wine is akin to murder-unless he paid a one million euro ransom.

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The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It P.S.


HarperCollins e-books - The widow clicquot is the new york times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.

. Tilar J.

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Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression


The New Press - Read a page, any page. In this “invaluable record” of one of the most dramatic periods in modern American history, Studs Terkel recaptures the Great Depression of the 1930s in all its complexity. It will resurrect your faith in all of us to read this book. Newsweek   “open studs terkel’s book to almost any page and rich memories spill out .

 .  . Featuring a mosaic of memories from politicians, businessmen, striking workers, from those who were just kids to those who remember losing a fortune, artists, and Okies, Hard Times is not only a gold mine of information but a fascinating interplay of memory and fact, revealing how the 1929 stock market crash and its repercussions radically changed the lives of a generation.

Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression - Then try to stop. The national Observer. The voices that speak from the pages of this unique book are as timeless as the lessons they impart The New York Times. Hard times doesn’t ‘render’ the time of the depression—it is that time, mood, its lingo, its tragic and hilarious stories. Arthur miller   “wonderful! The American memory, the American way, the American voice.

From the pulitzer prize–winning author of the Good War:A masterpiece of modern journalism and “a huge anthem in praise of the American spirit” Saturday Review.

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The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine


Broadway Books - Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale, even for those with no interest in the fruit of the vine. Was it truly entombed in a paris cellar for two hundred years? or did it come from a secret Nazi bunker? Or from the moldy basement of a devilishly brilliant con artist? As Benjamin Wallace unravels the mystery, we meet a gallery of intriguing players—from the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women to the obsessive wine collector who discovered the bottle.

. Suspenseful and thrillingly strange, this is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries. As delicious as a true vintage Lafite. BusinessWeek. The rivetingly strange story of the world's most expensive bottle of wine, and the even stranger characters whose lives have intersected with it.

The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine - The new york times bestseller, updated with a new epilogue, that tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux—supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—that sold for $156, 000 at auction and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it.

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Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure


Atlantic Monthly Press - Even if the kingdom is lost. Fortune   “a well-researched, nicely contextualized history .  .  . Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, Lost Kingdom brings to life the clash between a vulnerable Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist powers. An important chapter in our national history, one that most Americans don’t know but should.

The new york times book review   “siler gives us a riveting and intimate look at the rise and tragic fall of Hawaii’s royal family .  .  . The new york times–bestselling author delivers “a riveting saga about Big Sugar flexing its imperialist muscle in Hawaii .  .  . A real gem of a book” Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot.

Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure - The annexation of hawai‘i had begun, ushering in a new century of American imperialism. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly complete economic transformation of the islands. Lucrative sugar plantations gradually subsumed the majority of the land, owned almost exclusively by white planters, dubbed the “Sugar Kings.

Hawai‘i became a prize in the contest between America, Britain, and France, each seeking to expand their military and commercial influence in the Pacific. Indeed ‘one of the most audacious land grabs of the Gilded Age.

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The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond


Pavilion - Winemaking is as old as civilization itself and wine has always been more than just a drink. For thousands of years, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to its current status as a vast global industry, cultural, the history of wine has been directly related to major social, religious and economic changes.

. This fascinating and entertaining book takes a look at 100 bottles that mark a significant change in the evolution of wine and winemaking and captures the innovations and discoveries that have had the biggest impact on the history of 'bottled poetry'.

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Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine


Scribner - With an eclectic cast of characters and magnificent settings, Judgment of Paris is an illuminating tale and a story of the entrepreneurial spirit of the new world conquering the old. George M. Taber, the only reporter present, recounts this seminal contest and its far-reaching effects, focusing on three gifted unknowns behind the winning wines: a college lecturer, a real estate lawyer, and a Yugoslavian immigrant.

With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous aftershocks—repositioning the industry and sparking a golden age for viticulture across the globe. The only reporter present at the mythic paris tasting of 1976—a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best—for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.

Judgment of Paris: California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine - The paris tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest—a blind tasting—a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best.

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Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France 25th Anniversary Edition


Farrar, Straus and Giroux - . And one cannot appreciate french wine with any depth of understanding without knowing how the French themselves look at their wines, by going to the source, descending into their cold, tasting with them, humid cellars, and listening to the language they employ to describe their wines. Here, kermit lynch assures a whole new generation of readers—as well as his loyal fans—that discussions about wine need not focus so stringently on "the pH, the finish, the oak, the body, " but rather on the "gaiety" of the way "the tart fruit perfumes the palate and the brain.

". In this singular tour along the French wine route, Lynch ventures forth to find the very essence of the wine world. If you keep an open mind and take each wine on its own terms, there is a world of magic to discover. Adventures on the wine route is the ultimate quest for this magic via France's most distinguished vineyards and wine cellars.

Adventures on the Wine Route: A Wine Buyer's Tour of France 25th Anniversary Edition - In doing so, opinions, he never shies away from the attitudes, and beliefs that have made him one of our most respected and outspoken authorities on wine. Yet his guiding philosophy is exquisitely simple. In 2007, " and in 2012, called it "one of the finest american books on wine, Eric Asimov, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal pro-claimed that it "may be the best book on the wine business.

In celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary, Adventures on the Wine Route has been thoroughly redesigned and updated with an epilogue and a list of the great wine connoisseur's twenty-five most memorable bottles.

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The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion


Forge Books - From the build up in england to the night drops of airborne forces behind german lines and the landings on the beaches at dawn, and Lightin' Joe Collins to the courageous, and under terrifying conditions, from the famed figures of Eisenhower, but little-known privates who fought so bravely, Bradley, this is the story of the American experience at D-Day.

The day ushered in a great change for the United States as well, because on D-Day, America began its march to the forefront of the Western world. By the end of the battle of normandy, and leadership, and without American weapons, almost one of every two soldiers involved was an American, supplies, the outcome of the invasion and ensuing battle could have been very different.

In the first of two volumes on the American contribution to the Allied victory at Normandy, John C. On that day the climactic and decisive phase of the war began. June 6, 1944 was a pivotal moment in the history of World War II in Europe. Those who survived the intense fighting on the Normandy beaches found their lives irreversibly changed.

The Americans at D-Day: The American Experience at the Normandy Invasion - . Mcmanus deadly brotherhood, deadly sky examines, with great intensity and thoroughness, the American experience in the weeks leading up to D-Day and on the great day itself. What were the battles really like for the americans at utah and Omaha? What drove them to fight despite all adversity? How and why did they triumph? Thanks to extensive archival research, and the use of hundreds of first hand accounts, McManus answers these questions and many more.

In the americans at d-day, mcmanus takes readers into the minds of American strategists, into the hearts of the infantry, a gripping narrative history reminiscent of Cornelius Ryan's The Longest Day, into hell on earth.

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