HotelVendome HCcSubscribersThe Hotel on Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris by cultural historian and biographer Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot, and The Secret of Chanel No. 5. Free book giveaway to two subscribers ends April 29, 2014.

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For over a century, the Hôtel Ritz has stood in the heart of Paris as a world-renowned symbol of opulence and modernity. A gathering spot for the rich and celebrated, this grand palace in the Place Vendôme is legendary—and yet a vital piece of its past remains shrouded in secrecy. Now in The Hotel on Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris, is a riveting account that spans from 1898 to the present day, New York Times bestselling author Tilar J. Mazzeo uncovers the remarkable experiences of those who lived in the hotel during the German occupation of Paris, revealing how what happened in the Ritz’s corridors, palatial suites, and basement kitchens shaped the fate of those who met there by chance or assignation, the future of France, and the course of history. (March 2014 Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)(Purchase)

“Must read… Mazzeo artfully transports readers to the Nazi occupation of World War II… The Hôtel on Place Vendôme contextualizes the opulence of 1940s Paris, making for a work of history that reads as enticingly as a novel.” —Harper’s Bazaar

“Tilar J. Mazzeo tells the tale of the Hotel Ritz, a landmark so imbued with glamour that it was the only hotel in Paris the Nazis ordered to stay open during the war. The antics at and around it during World War II were often shocking.” —New York Post Continue reading »