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Dateline—Liberated Paris: The Hotel Scribe and the Invasion of the Press

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An inventive take on WWII nonfiction, Ronald Weber’s Dateline—Liberated Paris: The Hotel Scribe and the Invasion of the Press focuses on the Allied reporters who swept through the halls of the famous Hotel Scribe after the liberation of Paris. The Hotel Scribe was a landmark of 1940s Paris, its wooden bar a famous watering hole for war correspondents such as Ernie Pyle, Walter Cronkite, Marguerite Higgins, and Ernest Hemingway as they battled fitful typewriters and jumped through censorship hoops to send news of the waning war to their respective outlets. The corridors and dining halls of the hotel come alive on the pages, as do the streets of Paris as correspondents stretch their legs along the spared streets, recounting memorable museum visits and encounters with Picasso. VE-Day is portrayed in all its tearful, joyous glory, the streets filling with citizens celebrating the final breath of the war. Brimming with memorable anecdotes, photographs, and newspaper excerpts, Dateline—Liberated Paris is a love letter to the golden age of journalism set in the city of lights.

Dateline—Liberated Paris: The Hotel Scribe and the Invasion of the Press, Ronald Weber, Rowman & Littlefield, Hardcover $27.95 (240pp), 978-1-5381-1850-4

Danielle Ballantyne

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