By Stanley Karnow
In July 1947, clean out of faculty and lengthy sooner than he could win the Pulitzer Prize and develop into often called one among America's best historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter certain for France, making plans to stick for the summer time. He stayed for ten years, first as a pupil 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 such a lot Parisian American.
Now, Karnow returns to the France of his adolescence, 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 prior to the devastation of worldwide conflict II. but even in the course of meals shortages, political upheavals, and the fight to return to phrases with a global within which France was once now not the amazing strength it were, Paris remained a urban of fashion, ardour, and romance.
Paris within the Fifties transports us to Latin region cafés and basement jazz golf equipment, to unheated flats and excellent ballrooms. We meet such trendy 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 understand 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 fashionable 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 major gourmand, who taught the younger reporter to understand the complexities of haute food. Karnow takes us to marathon homicide trials in musty courtrooms, accompanies a gaggle of tipsy wine connoisseurs on a travel of the Beaujolais vineyards, and recollects the well-known vehicle race at Le Mans whilst a catastrophic twist of fate 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 brilliant and pleasant background of a charmed decade within the maximum urban on the earth.