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Lisbon : War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945

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Lisbon had a pivotal role in the history of World War II, though not a gun was fired there. The only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis power operated openly, it was temporary home to much of Europe's exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the U.S., and a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon's airport as being like the movie Casablanca," times twenty. In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, access to records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the War's back stage. And he tells the story of how Portugal, a relatively poor European country trying frantically to remain neutral amidst extraordinary pressures, survived the war not only physically intact but significantly wealthier. The country's emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 156 x 238 x 36mm | 580.6g
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 16 b/w photos
  • 1586488791
  • 9781586488796
  • 142,792

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Publishers Weekly"Lochery tells the gripping story of the city known as 'Casablanca II'...engrossing and rewarding." Booklist, September 20, 2011"Lochery recounts wartime happenings in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where the Allies and the Axis conducted the war through espionage, propaganda, and diplomatic pressure on Salazar to relinquish Portugal's neutrality. A cloak-and-dagger atmosphere accordingly suffuses Lochery's account.... A productive archival sleuth, [he] makes original contributions to the literature of neutrality in WWII." Shelf Awareness"A lively, accessible and hair-raising history revealing every sordid detail of Lisbon during World War II--a time and place that many have chosen to forget in order to save face." Wall Street Journal"Evocative.... [Lochery] skillfully documents the experiences of the rich and glamorous as well as the less fortunate and even sinister of the city's war time arrivals... Distilling an enormous quantity of research, he has rendered a fascinating and readable account of this small country's role in World War II, protected, as it was, by its wily champion." Seattle Timesshow more

About Neill Lochery

Neill Lochery, Ph.D., is a world-renowned source on Israel, the Middle East, and Mediterranean history. He is the author of five books and countless newspaper and magazine articles. He regularly appears on television in the UK, the USA, and the Middle East. He is currently based at University College London and regularly gives talks in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.show more

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408 ratings
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