Wine and War

Wine and War

The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Book - 2002
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The remarkable untold story of France's courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country's most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II.

"To be a Frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine."
-Claude Terrail, owner, Restaurant La Tour d'Argent

In 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. Like others in the French Resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown-until now. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. Wine and War illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, in a very real way, saved the spirit of France.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Broadway Books, 2002.
Edition: 1st Broadway Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780767904483
Branch Call Number: 940.5344 KLA
Characteristics: 290 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Kladstrup, Petie


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Aug 18, 2018

Book tells the stories of winemakers across France who took steps to preserve their stock of legendary vintages from confiscation by their Nazi occupiers. 'Wine and War' was recommended by a Francophile friend. Engaging reading, a well-told tale.

May 25, 2011

The authors organize the book more as a collection of intertwining short stories than a typical historical account. The characters were fascinating, the events gripping, the descriptions of French wines intoxicating. Humorous and dramatic, the writing is always engaging and entertaining.

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