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Madame Claude: Her Secret World of Pleasure, Privilege, and Power

by William Stadiem In post-WWII Paris, Madame Claude ran the most exclusive finishing school in the world. Her alumnae married more fortunes, titles and famous names than any of the Seven Sisters. The names on her client list were epic—Kennedy,

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Posted in Modern History

Paris Abandoned: The Realities of Armistice During World War II

by Anne Sebba Slowly, the terms of the armistice began to sink in. The French had to pay for the 300,000-strong German Army of Occupation, amounting to twenty million Reichsmarks per day, paid at the artificial exchange rate. This was

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Posted in Modern History

The Importance of “America’s Oldest” Alliance

by Tom Shachtman In Paris for Bastille Day, President Donald Trump said, “France is America’s oldest ally.  A lot of people don’t know that,” and added, “France helped us secure our independence, a lot of people forget.” My new book,

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History

Paris Through the Eyes of Henri IV

Henri IV

by Susan Cahill; Photographs by Marion Ranoux The story of Henri IV in Paris is best told from high on the Pont Neuf, the New Bridge, the best-loved creation of France’s most beloved king. Henri IV (1553–1610) sits here on

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Posted in Contemporary History

Varian Fry: The Artist’s Oskar Schindler

Varian Fry

by Kate Lord Brown Varian Fry and The House of Dreams The House of Dreams has been maturing for twenty years. A book that took three to finally research and write. It is inspired by the story of Varian Fry,

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

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