Drawing on a rich cache of previously untranslated sources, frida, silvia, prize-winning historian Caroline Moorehead illuminates the experiences of Ada, and Bianca to tell the little-known story of the women of the Italian partisan movement fighting for freedom against fascism in all its forms, while Europe collapsed in smoldering ruins around them.
A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism The Resistance Quartet Book 4 #ad - A house in the Mountains features black-and-white photographs throughout. But the death rattle of mussolini’s two decades of Fascist rule—with its corruption, greed, and anti-Semitism—was unrelentingly violent and brutal. What made this partisan war all the more extraordinary was the number of women—like this brave quartet—who swelled its ranks.
The bloody civil war that ensued pitted neighbor against neighbor, and revealed the best and worst in Italian society. Four young piedmontese women—ada, frida, Silvia and Bianca—living secretly in the mountains surrounding Turin, risked their lives to overthrow Italy’s authoritarian government. They were among the thousands of Italians who joined the Partisan effort to help the Allies liberate their country from the German invaders and their Fascist collaborators.
The courage shown by the partisans was exemplary, and eventually bound them together into a coherent fighting force.
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Remarkable Story of an Italian Mother, Her Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Fascism The Resistance Quartet Book 3Harper #ad - After italy entered world war ii in june 1940, thanks to visas arranged by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt herself, Amelia, fled to New York City with the remaining members of her family. Renowned historian caroline moorehead paints an indelible picture of italy in the first half of the twentieth century, offering an intimate account of the rise of Il Duce and his squaddristi; life in Mussolini’s penal colonies; the shocking ambivalence and complicity of many prominent Italian families seduced by Mussolini’s promises; and the bold, fractured resistance movement whose associates sacrificed their lives to fight fascism.
As populist, and italy’s prime minister, right-wing nationalism swept across Europe after World War I, Benito Mussolini, began consolidating his power, Amelia’s sons Carlo and Nello led the opposition, taking a public stand against Il Duce that few others in their elite class dared risk. In a bold and dangerous family, moorehead once again pays tribute to heroes who fought to uphold our humanity during one of history’s darkest chapters.
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Remarkable Story of an Italian Mother, Her Two Sons, and Their Fight Against Fascism The Resistance Quartet Book 3 #ad - . Tragically, carlo and Nello were eventually assassinated by Mussolini’s secret service. When mussolini established a terrifying and brutal police state controlled by his Blackshirts—the squaddristi—the Rossellis and their anti-fascist circle were transformed into active resisters. In retaliation, many of the anti-fascists were arrested and imprisoned; others left the country to escape a similar fate.
The acclaimed author of a train in winter and village of secrets delivers the next chapter in "The Resistance Quartet": the astonishing story of the aristocratic Italian family who stood up to Mussolini's fascism, and whose efforts helped define the path of Italy in the years between the World Wars—a profile in courage that remains relevant today.
Members of the cosmopolitan, cultural aristocracy of Florence at the beginning of the twentieth century, the Rosselli family, Amelia, led by their fierce matriarch, were vocal anti-fascists.
The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945St. Martin's Press #ad - Sinclair mckay’s the fire and the darkness is a pulse-pounding work of history that looks at the life of the city in the days before the attack, tracks each moment of the bombing, and considers the long period of reconstruction and recovery. The fire and the darkness is powered by mckay’s reconstruction of this unthinkable terror from the points of view of the ordinary civilians: Margot Hille, a ten-year-old schoolgirl; boys conscripted into the Hitler Youth; choristers of the Kreuzkirche choir; artists, and classical musicians, an apprentice brewery worker; Gisela Reichelt, shop assistants, as well as the Nazi officials stationed there.
What happened that night in Dresden was calculated annihilation in a war that was almost over. A gripping work of narrative nonfiction recounting the history of the Dresden Bombing, one of the most devastating attacks of World War II. On february 13th, 1945 at 10:03 pm, british bombers began one of the most devastating attacks of WWII: the bombing of Dresden.
The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 #ad - The second rained down fire, turning the streets into a blast furnace, the shelters into ovens, baked, and whipping up a molten hurricane in which the citizens of Dresden were burned, or suffocated to death. Sinclair mckay’s brilliant work takes a complex, human, view of this terrible night and its aftermath in a gripping book that will be remembered long after the last page is turned.
. Early the next day, American bombers finished off what was left. The first contingent killed people and destroyed buildings, roads, and other structures.
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France The Resistance Quartet Book 2Harper #ad - Many of those they protected were orphaned children and babies whose parents had been deported to concentration camps. With unprecedented access to newly opened archives in france, and interviews with some of the villagers from the period who are still alive, Britain, and Germany, Caroline Moorehead paints an inspiring portrait of courage and determination: of what was accomplished when a small group of people banded together to oppose their Nazi occupiers.
A thrilling and atmospheric tale of silence and complicity, Village of Secrets reveals how every one of the inhabitants of Chambon remained silent in a country infamous for collaboration. Yet it is also a story about mythmaking, and the fallibility of memory. A major contribution to wwii history, illustrated with black-and-white photos, and pays tribute to a group of heroic individuals, most of them women, Village of Secrets sets the record straight about the events in Chambon, for whom saving others became more important than their own lives.
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France The Resistance Quartet Book 2 #ad - From the author of the new york times bestseller a train in Winter comes the absorbing story of a French village that helped save thousands hunted by the Gestapo during World War II—told in full for the first time. Le chambon-sur-lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche, one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France.
During the second world war, oss and soe agents, the inhabitants of this tiny mountain village and its parishes saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, and Jews.
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France The Resistance Quartet Book 1Harper #ad - In january 1943, 230 women of the french Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, defiance, survival, courage, told in full for the first time—a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, and the power of friendship. Caroline moorehead, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of mitchell zuckoff’s lost in shangri-la, human rights journalist, a distinguished biographer, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II—a riveting, Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and the author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.
The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime LondonPegasus Books #ad - Sweeping, passionate, and unexpectedly poignant, this is their untold story. They are the missing link between the Lost Generation and Bright Young People and the Dionysiac cultural revolution of the 1960s. Another became the mistress of the King of Egypt. They had very different—and sometimes explosive—personalities, beautiful, but taken together they form a distinctive part of the wartime demographic: bright, independent-minded women with tough upbringings who were determined to make the most of their lives in a chaotic time.
Ranging from bloomsbury and soho to cairo and the couture studios of Schiaparelli and Hartnell, Anthony Powell, Evelyn Waugh, the Lost Girls would inspire the work of George Orwell, and Nancy Mitford. The booker prize–nominated author of Derby Day delivers a sumptuous cultural history as seen through the lives of four enigmatic women.
The Lost Girls: Love and Literature in Wartime London #ad - Who were the lost girls? chic, as likely to be found living in a rat-haunted maisonette as dining at the Ritz, and bohemian, Sonia Brownell, Lys Lubbock, glamorous, Barbara Skelton, and Janetta Parlade cut a swath through English literary and artistic life at the height of World War II. Three of them had affairs with Lucian Freud.
One of them married George Orwell.
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: A MemoirWilliam Morrow #ad - Hidden within him, however, was a remarkable true story of wartime courage and romance worthy of a great novel. At the end of the second World War, Justus emigrated to America, and built a new life. Once, he found himself in a nazi internment camp, with his next stop Auschwitz—and yet Justus found an ingenious way to escape.
Now he finally writes his own unforgettable epic. A gripping memoir from an Eastern European Jew who fought in the French Resistance. Alone and in danger, Justus fled Paris, heading south. After the vichy government expelled Fry from France, Justus worked in Grenoble, recruiting young men and women for the Underground Army.
The Art of Resistance: My Four Years in the French Underground: A Memoir #ad - 99-year-old literature professor Justus Rosenberg escaped the Holocaust and spent four daring years in the French Underground during World War II. He two years during the war gathering intelligence, surveying German installations and troop movements on the Mediterranean. With his intimate understanding of french and German culture, and fluency in several languages, including English, Justus became an invaluable member of Fry’s operation as a spy and scout.
Three years later, the Nazis came again, as France fell to the Germans. A chance meeting led him to varian fry, an american journalist in marseille who led a clandestine network helping thousands of men and women—including many legendary artists and intellectuals, Marc Chagall, among them Hannah Arendt, Andre Breton, and Max Ernst—escape the Nazis.
For the next four years, he would be an essential component of the Resistance, relying on his wits and skills to survive several close calls with death.
Mengele: Unmasking the "Angel of Death"W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Marwell worked on the mengele case, visiting the scenes of his crimes, interviewing his victims, and ultimately holding his bones in his hands. Drawing on his own experience as well as new scholarship and sources, Marwell examines in scrupulous detail Mengele’s life and career. This is the riveting story of science without limits, escape without freedom, and resolution without justice.
He chronicles mengele’s university studies, which led to two phds and a promising career as a scientist; his wartime service both in frontline combat and at Auschwitz, where his “selections” sent innumerable innocents to their deaths and his “scientific” pursuits—including his studies of twins and eye color—traumatized or killed countless more; and his postwar flight from Europe and refuge in South America.
Mengele describes the international search for the nazi doctor in 1985 that ended in a cemetery in Sao Paulo, arguably, Brazil, and the dogged forensic investigation that produced overwhelming evidence that Mengele had died—but failed to convince those who, most wanted him dead. A gripping biography of the infamous Nazi doctor, from a former Justice Department official tasked with uncovering his fate.
Perhaps the most notorious war criminal of all time, Josef Mengele was the embodiment of bloodless efficiency and passionate devotion to a grotesque worldview. Whether as the demonic doctor who directed mass killings or the elusive fugitive who escaped capture, Mengele has loomed so large that even with conclusive proof, many refused to believe that he had died.
Mengele: Unmasking the "Angel of Death" #ad - As chief of investigative research at the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations in the 1980s, David G. Aided by the role he has assumed in works of popular culture, Mengele has come to symbolize the Holocaust itself as well as the failure of justice that allowed countless Nazi murderers and their accomplices to escape justice.
Islamic Empires: The Cities that Shaped Civilization?From Mecca to DubaiPegasus Books #ad - A history of the rich and diverse civilizations over fifteen centuries of Islam seen through its greatest cities. Islamic civilization was once the envy of the world. For centuries the caliphate was both ascendant on the battlefield and triumphant in the battle of ideas, and forward-looking thinking, its cities unrivaled powerhouses of artistic grandeur, commercial power, spiritual sanctity, in which nothing was off limits.
Islamic empires is a history of this rich and diverse civilization told through its greatest cities over the fifteen centuries of Islam, from its earliest beginnings in Mecca in the seventh century to the astonishing rise of Doha in the twenty-first. Marozzi brilliantly connects the defining moments in islamic history: from the Prophet Mohammed receiving his divine revelations in Mecca and the First Crusade of 1099 to the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 and the phenomenal creation of the merchant republic of Beirut in the nineteenth century, and how this world is continuing to change today.
Islamic Empires: The Cities that Shaped Civilization?From Mecca to Dubai #ad - From a succession of glittering, islamic empires lorded it over the Middle East, cosmopolitan capitals, North Africa, Central Asia and swathes of the Indian subcontinent, while Europe cowered feebly at the margins.
The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear WarSimon & Schuster #ad - Discussing theories that have dominated nightmare scenarios from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Kaplan presents the unthinkable in terms of mass destruction and demonstrates how the nuclear war reality will not go away, regardless of the dire consequences. From the author the classic the wizards of armageddon and Pulitzer Prize finalist comes the definitive history of American policy on nuclear war—and Presidents’ actions in nuclear crises—from Truman to Trump.
The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War #ad - Fred kaplan, and the vast chambers of strategic command to bring us the untold stories—based on exclusive interviews and previously classified documents—of how America’s presidents and generals have thought about, the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s “Tank” in the Pentagon, hailed by The New York Times as “a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter, ” takes us into the White House Situation Room, broached, threatened, and just barely avoided nuclear war from the dawn of the atomic age until today.
. Kaplan’s historical research and deep reporting will stand as the permanent record of politics.
Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian ResistanceOxford University Press #ad - The mountainous terrain and long winters of the Alpine regions the site of many of their battles and the ever-present threat of reprisals by German occupiers and their fascist partners exacerbated problems of organization among the various partisan groups. Ada gobetti writes of the heartbreak of mothers who lost their sons or watched them leave on dangerous missions of sabotage, relating it to worries about her own son Paolo.
She reflects on the relationship between anti-fascist thought of the 1920s, Piero Gobetti, in particular the ideas of her husband, and the Italian resistance movement Resistenza in which she and her son were participating. Ada gobetti's Partisan Diary is both diary and memoir. From the german entry into turin on 10 september 1943 to the liberation of the city on 28 April 1945, Gobetti recorded an almost daily account of events, and personalities, sentiments, in a cryptic English only she could understand.
From a political and military point of view, what obstacles they encountered, the Partisan Diary provides firsthand knowledge of how the partisans in Piedmont fought, and who joined the struggle against the Nazis and the Fascists. While the resistenza represented a culmination of more than twenty years of anti-fascist activity for Ada, it also helped illuminate the exceptional talents, needs, and rights of Italian women, more than one hundred thousand of whom participated.
Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian Resistance #ad - Published by the italian publisher giulio Einaudi in 1956, it won the Premio Prato, an annual prize for a work inspired by the Italian Resistance Resistenza. Italian senator and philosopher Benedetto Croce encouraged Ada to convert her notes into a book. So arduous was their fight, that key military events--Italy's declaration of war on Germany, the fall of Rome, and the Allied landings on D-Day --appear in the diary as remote and almost unrelated incidents.