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And the Show Went on


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For twelve years, Alan Riding was the European cultural correspondent for "The New York Times." He was previously bureau chief for the "Times" in Paris, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City. Riding is the author of "Distant Neighbors." He continues to live in Paris with his wife, Marlise Simons, a writer for the "Times."


"Gripping . . . We'll always have Paris, but we may not feel quite the same about it after reading "And the Show Went On.""--Geoffrey Wheatcroft, "The New York Times Book Review" "An arresting and detailed account . . . A big story and insidiously troubling."--Richard Eder, "The Los Angeles Times" "A carefully constructed and sympathetic account . . . Riding is very good at pointing to the complexities and ambiguities of the situation . . . An evocative book."--Modris Eksteins, "The Wall Street Journal" "Monumentally researched, vividly written and troubling account of how the cultured citizens of Paris behaved while the Nazi swastika fluttered above the Eiffel Tower."--Tom Mackin, "Newark Star-Ledger" "Meticulously researched . . . Riding's book is an impressively comprehensive survey of the occupation years."--"The Economist" "Only someone as deeply versed in French culture as is Alan Riding, and as completely in command of his subject, could have written this magisterial account of France's authors and artists and filmmakers and musicians during the Occupation. It is star-studded and makes fascinating reading." --David Fromkin, author of "A Peace to End All Peace" "[A] startling cultural history . . . A stark account of how we act when evil enters our door."--"Kirkus" "A splendidly informed study of Parisian cultural elite during the dark years. Riding places brilliant portraits of leading individuals in the context of clearly depicted French politics, alive to the moral drama of people facing extreme choices across fluid ideological lines. A study of ambiguities, including the varying conduct of German occupiers, of accommodation, betrayal, and human and patriotic decency. A book of transcendent relevance."--Fritz Stern, author of "Gold and Iron" "In this highly readable book, Alan Riding presents a thorough, balanced account of the ways French artists and writers resp

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