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409pp with bw photo section amidships. Dominique LaPierre Hitler's death sentence to the city of Paris in 1944 nearly happened. An extraordinary series of events, fastidiously researched here, saved the city from what Hitler wanted to leave to the Allies "nothing but a field of ruins." reviews >> A very interesting and informative history covering the two weeks during which Paris was liberated in August, 1944. The author includes numerous personal and very moving anecdotes from the survivors within a narrative filled with military and political events as related by the main actors. A real tear-jerker at times. and >> Insanely well-researched play-by-play account of Paris' liberation from the 3rd Reich. The story is suspenseful and gripping. Sometimes the details became burdensome, but not enough to prevent a solid endorsement. I had no idea how close Paris was to destruction.