The Last Palace: Europe’s Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House

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Crown #ad - There was the optimistic jewish financial baron, the first postwar us ambassador whose quixotic struggle to keep the palace out of communist hands was paired with his pitched efforts to rescue the country from Soviet domination; and Shirley Temple Black, compromised German general who occupied the palace during World War II, who built the palace after World War I as a statement of his faith in democracy, ultimately putting his life at risk to save the house and Prague itself from destruction; Laurence Steinhardt, an eyewitness to the crushing of the 1968 Prague Spring by Soviet tanks, Otto Petschek, only to have that faith shattered; Rudolf Toussaint, the cultured, who determined to return to Prague and help end totalitarianism—and did just that as US ambassador in 1989.

. A sweeping yet intimate narrative about the last hundred years of turbulent european history, as seen through one of Mitteleuropa’s greatest houses—and the lives of its occupants   When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague, returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust, he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture in his new home.

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From that discovery unspooled the twisting, captivating tale of four of the remarkable people who had called this palace home.

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Hitler and the Habsburgs: The Führer's Vendetta Against the Austrian Royals

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Diversion Books #ad - It was then and there that adolf hitler's obsession with the Habsburg Imperial family became the catalyst for his vendetta against a vanished empire, a dead archduke, and his royal orphans. Within hours they went from palace to prison. And he uncovers the family members' courageous fight against the Führer.

Through a decade of research and interviews with the descendants of the royal Habsburgs, scholar James Longo explores the roots of Hitler's determination to destroy the family of the dead Archduke. A stunning work of narrative history revealing how and why Adolf Hitler targeted the children of the assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, making the Archduke's sons the first two Austrians deported to the Dachau concentration camp, and how the family fought backFive youthful years in Vienna.

Their tenacity and personal courage in the face of betrayal, torture, treachery, and starvation sustained the family during the war and in the traumatic years that followed. They were outsiders in the greatest family of royal insiders in Europe, which put them on a collision course with Adolf Hitler. When germany seized austria in 1938, deported to Germany, they were the first two Austrians arrested by the Gestapo, and sent to Dachau.

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As he rose to power hitler's hatred toward the Habsburgs and their diverse empire fixated on Franz Ferdinand's sons, who became outspoken critics and opponents of the Nazi party and its racist ideology.

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The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War

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Crown #ad - Like the greatest novels of john le carré, it brings readers deep into a world of treachery and betrayal, where the lines bleed between the personal and the professional, and one man's hatred of communism had the power to change the future of nations. For nearly a decade, gordievsky helped the west turn the tables on the kgB, exposing Russian spies and helping to foil countless intelligence plots, as the Cold War reached its twilight, as the Soviet leadership grew increasingly paranoid at the United States's nuclear first-strike capabilities and brought the world closer to the brink of war.

New york times bestseller“the best true spy story I have ever read. John le carrÉthe celebrated author of double cross and rogue heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War.

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War #ad - He took his first posting for russian intelligence in 1968 and eventually became the Soviet Union's top man in London, but from 1973 on he was secretly working for MI6. The son of two kgb agents and the product of the best Soviet institutions, the savvy, sophisticated Gordievsky grew to see his nation's communism as both criminal and philistine.

Desperate to keep the circle of trust close, mi6 never revealed Gordievsky's name to its counterparts in the CIA, which in turn grew obsessed with figuring out the identity of Britain's obviously top-level source. If anyone could be considered a Russian counterpart to the infamous British double-agent Kim Philby, it was Oleg Gordievsky.

Their obsession ultimately doomed gordievsky: the CIA officer assigned to identify him was none other than Aldrich Ames, the man who would become infamous for secretly spying for the Soviets.

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Prague in Black and Gold: The History of a City

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Penguin Books, Limited (UK) #ad - From the velvet revolution to the disturbing world of Franz Kafka, from the devastation of the Thirty Years War to the musical elegance of Mozart and Dvorak, Prague is steeped in a wealth of history and culture. Prague in black and gold" is a first class history of this unique city, allowing us to unravel layer upon layer of startlingly symbolic sites and buildings to reveal the real Prague.

Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Prague in black and Gold" is an exceptional work - and exceptionally reliable. I am sure that this will be an important and exciting guide for all who wish to learn more about the famous people and important events in the history of the Czech lands and their capital' - Ivan Klima, "The Times".

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Promised Land: A Novel of Israel

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Thomas Dunne Books #ad - But they also fall in love with the same woman, Tamara, a lonely Jewish refugee from Cairo. Only Arie survives. The brothers reunite in the nascent jewish state, where Arie becomes a businessman and one of the richest men in Israel while Peter becomes a top Mossad agent heading some of Israel’s most vital espionage operations.

New. Promised land is a great sweeping epic, new love and historic hate, reminiscent of Leon Uris’ Exodus; a moving story of triumph and tragedy, expertly told by a cast of unforgettable characters. But his younger brother Arie and their entire family are sent east to the death camps. And over the next two decades, as their new homeland faces extraordinary obstacles that could destroy it, the brothers’ intrigues and jealousies threaten to tear their new lives apart.

Promised Land: A Novel of Israel #ad - Promised land is at once the gripping tale of a struggling family and an epic about a struggling nation. Guaranteed packaging. No quibbles returns. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. One brother builds Israel, the other protects it. Martin fletcher, who headed up nbc TV’s Tel Aviv News Bureau, knows his territory and it shows on every page.

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Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler

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Random House #ad - Olson writes with verve and a historian’s authority. Dispatch same day for order received before 12 noon. Guaranteed packaging. Madame fourcade's secret war: the daring young woman who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Hardcover - March 5, 2019 by Lynne Olson Author. Strong-willed, independent, patriarchal society, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job.

The name marie-madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, unthreatening in appearance, as a colleague of hers put it, that, “even a lion would hesitate to bite. No other french spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance.

Although fourcade, moved her headquarters every few weeks, the mother of two young children, and identity, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, she was captured twice by the Nazis. No quibbles returns. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.

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The Prague Sonata

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Grove Press #ad - Mint Condition. But there is no indication of who the composer might be. New. Leaving new york behind for the land of dvořák and kafka, meta sets out on an unforgettable search to locate the remaining movements of the sonata and uncover a story that has influenced the course of many lives, even as it becomes clear that she isn’t the only one after the music’s secrets.

Magisterially evoking decades of prague’s tragic and triumphant history, from the First World War through the soaring days of the Velvet Revolution, and moving from postwar London to the heartland of immigrant America, The Prague Sonata is both epic and intimate, evoking the ways in which individual notes of love and sacrifice become part of the celebratory symphony of life.

Music and war, has composed his magnum opus, recipient of the academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, war and music―these are the twin motifs around which Bradford Morrow, The Prague Sonata, a novel more than a dozen years in the making. In the early days of the new millennium, pages of a worn and weathered original sonata manuscript―the gift of a Czech immigrant living out her final days in Queens―come into the hands of Meta Taverner, a young musicologist whose concert piano career was cut short by an injury.

The Prague Sonata #ad - Madame fourcade's secret war: the daring young woman who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Hardcover - March 5, 2019 by Lynne Olson Author. The gift comes with the request that meta attempt to find the manuscript’s true owner―a Prague friend the old woman has not heard from since the Second World War forced them apart―and to make the three-part sonata whole again.

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The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family

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St. Martin's Press #ad - Madame fourcade's secret war: the daring young woman who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Hardcover - March 5, 2019 by Lynne Olson Author. New. Like a modern day detective, helen rappaport draws on new and never-before-seen sources from archives in the US, Russia, Spain and the UK, creating a powerful account of near misses and close calls with a heartbreaking conclusion.

The question of asylum for the tsar and his family was an extremely complicated issue that presented enormous political, logistical and geographical challenges at a time when Europe was still at war. Mint Condition. The responsibility for failing the Romanovs must be equally shared. Guaranteed packaging. In this international bestseller investigating the murder of the Russian Imperial Family, why they failed, Helen Rappaport embarks on a quest to uncover the various plots and plans to save them, and who was responsible.

The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family #ad - The murder of the romanov family in July 1918 horrified the world, and its aftershocks still reverberate today. With its up-to-the-minute research, The Race to Save the Romanovs is sure to replace outdated classics as the final word on the fate of the Romanovs. In putin's autocratic russia, the Revolution itself is considered a crime, and its anniversary was largely ignored.

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The Order of the Day

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Other Press #ad - But behind goebbels’s splendid propaganda, an ersatz Blitzkrieg unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads into Austria. The true behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss—a patchwork of minor flourishes of strength and fine words, fevered telephone calls, and vulgar threats—all reveal a starkly different picture.

Mint Condition. New. It is not strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff. With this vivid, and offers a reminder that, Éric Vuillard warns against the peril of willfully blind acquiescence, ultimately, compelling history, the worst is not inescapable.

The Order of the Day #ad - Named a best book of the year by npr,  boston globe, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation,  and Literary HubWinner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis.

They are there to extract funds for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its Chancellor. Guaranteed packaging. This opening scene sets a tone of consent that will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, a terrible, 1938, the annexation of austria is on the agenda: A grotesque day intended to make history—the newsreels capture a motorized army on the move, inexorable power.

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Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs

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St. Martin's Press #ad - New. But mayerling is also the story of family secrets: incestuous relationships and mental instability; blackmail, venereal disease, and political treason; and a disillusioned, morphine-addicted Crown Prince and a naïve schoolgirl caught up in a dangerous and deadly waltz inside a decaying empire. Mint Condition.

On a snowy january morning in 1889, a worried servant hacked open a locked door at the remote hunting lodge deep in the Vienna Woods. Inside, he found two bodies sprawled on an ornate bed, blood oozing from their mouths. Crown prince rudolf of austria-hungary appeared to have shot his seventeen-year-old mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera as she slept, sat with the corpse for hours and, when dawn broke, turned the pistol on himself.

Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs #ad - A century has transformed this bloody scene into romantic tragedy: star-crossed lovers who preferred death together than to be parted by a cold, unfeeling Viennese Court. What happened in that locked room remains one of history’s most evocative mysteries: what led rudolf and mistress to this desperate act? Was it really a suicide pact? Or did something far more disturbing take place at that remote hunting lodge and result in murder?Drawing interviews with members of the Habsburg family and archival sources in Vienna, Greg King and Penny Wilson reconstruct this historical mystery, laying out evidence and information long ignored that conclusively refutes the romantic myth and the conspiracy stories.

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The Flight Portfolio: A novel

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Knopf #ad - Masterfully crafted and impossible to put down, and love, The Flight Portfolio offers a testament to the enduring power of art, in any form. Entertainment Weekly New. Bighearted, everything you want a novel to be” —andrew sean greer, suspenseful, gorgeous, historical, a new book inspired by the World War II story you've never heard—the real-life quest of an unlikely hero to save the lives and work of Europe’s great minds from the impending Holocaust   In 1940, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks.

No quibbles returns. Mint Condition. Instead, he stayed more than a year, amass emergency funds, working to procure false documents, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. Guaranteed packaging. Madame fourcade's secret war: the daring young woman who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Hardcover - March 5, 2019 by Lynne Olson Author.

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