The Last Palace: Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House
Crown, 3. 9. 2019 - Počet stran: 432
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. These symbols of Nazi Germany were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history, and evidence that we never live far from the past.
From that discovery unspooled the twisting, captivating tale of four of the remarkable people who had called this palace home. Their story is Europe’s, and The Last Palace chronicles the upheavals that transformed the continent over the past century. There was the optimistic Jewish financial baron, Otto Petschek, who built the palace after World War I as a statement of his faith in democracy, only to have that faith shattered; Rudolf Toussaint, the cultured, compromised German general who occupied the palace during World War II, ultimately putting his life at risk to save the house and Prague itself from destruction; Laurence Steinhardt, 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, an eyewitness to the crushing of the 1968 Prague Spring by Soviet tanks, who determined to return to Prague and help end totalitarianism—and did just that as US ambassador in 1989.
Weaving in the life of Eisen’s own mother to demonstrate how those without power and privilege moved through history, The Last Palace tells the dramatic and surprisingly cyclical tale of the triumph of liberal democracy.
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LibraryThing ReviewRecenze od uživatele - EricCostello - LibraryThing
Somewhat spotty history, taking as its theme a well-known landmark of Prague that was built by a Jewish industrialist and today is the home of the US Ambassador. It also served as the residence for a ... Přečíst celou recenzi
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Extensively researched, this fascinating narrative provides a look at the changing political climate in Prague. The palace was built by Otto Petschek, in the 1920's, his family was in banking and ... Přečíst celou recenzi
THE GOLDEN SON OF THE GOLDEN CITY
THE KING OF COAL
THE FINAL CHILD
IO LUSH LIFE
NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE IN
A REVOLUTIONARY PRODUCTION
THE PAST IS NEVER DEAD ITS NOT EVEN PAST
Sources and Acknowledgments
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