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The Hotel on Place Vendome provides a look into life at the famous Hôtel Ritz, in Paris, following the history of the hotel and its patrons (including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Coco Chanel, just to name a few), against the contrasting setting of WWII.
Tilar J. Mazzeo has done a thorough job researching the secrets and stories of the hotel, providing intrigued readers with an incredible treat in the form of just under 300 pages. The book is a fascinating look into this time period, with stories about and by bartenders, to habits of both famed and militant visitors and their reactions to the ongoing war.
I could not recommend this book more. It is a fabulous window into Paris in the early-mid twentieth-century, capturing the incredible stories, which could have otherwise been lost in time.