“I read Jean Edward Smith’s The Liberation of Paris with tears in my eyes and huge admiration. It is still one of the most moving moments in the history of the Second World War—I remember my mother opening a bottle of champagne and singing ‘La Marseillaise’ when we heard the news—and Jean portrays not only the drama and suspense of the event, but the character of the people who were involved, in a very objective way, giving full weight to the profound importance of General de Gaulle, and to the crucial role of General Eisenhower, for which he has never received sufficient credit. This is great history.”
– Michael Korda, author of Ike: An American Hero
“The liberation represented not just the end of the city’s darkest hour, with rapturous pent-up joy in the streets, but the very birth of modern France. . . . And it thrust Dwight D. Eisenhower, not for the last time, into the role of diplomat and political crisis manager. . . . Smith’s brisk new recounting [is] terse, authoritative, unsentimental.”
– Charles Trueheart, The Washington Post
“To mark its 75th anniversary, Jean Edward Smith has written an epic story of the Allied liberation of Paris in August 1944. Filled with some of the most dramatic scenes of World War II, Smith’s compelling account of how the great City of Light was saved from destruction is history at its finest.”
– Carlo D’Este, author of Decision in Normandy and Patton: A Genius for War
“Jean Edward Smith is a marvelous historian, and in his latest work he does not disappoint. The Liberation of Paris is a scintillating and fascinating book. How was one of the great cities of the world saved? It's a rousing tale. Bravo!”
– Jay Winik, author of 1944 and April 1865
“One of the most dramatic events of World War II was the liberation of Paris by French and American troops in August 1944. Behind the drama was a complex tangle of military and political considerations that Jean Edward Smith disentangles with extraordinary clarity in this vivid narrative that highlights the actions of de Gaulle, Eisenhower, and especially General Dietrich von Choltitz, commander of German occupation forces, who defied Hitler's orders to destroy Paris before surrendering.”
– James McPherson, author of Battle Cry of Freedom
"The Liberation of Paris in August 1944 has to be one of history’s happiest moments. . . . It is still a great story in Jean Edward Smith’s trim but engaging account of driving darkness from the City of Light."
– Evan Thomas, Air Mail
“Eminent historian Smith has such a breadth of knowledge of this era in history that he is able to offer a distillation of swift-moving events surrounding the 1944 liberation of Paris in a marvelously readable fashion. . . . A succinctly instructive historical narrative by a top-notch historian and author.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The Liberation of Paris is a remarkable story that shows how three men from warring sides of an epic struggle saved Paris. Smith’s book is a must-read that brims with heroism, intrigue, chaos and danger.”
– Susan Eisenhower
"A fascinating chapter in the larger of story of the Allied victory in Europe."
“An outstanding concise history of one of the most dramatic moments of WWII: the liberation of the City of Light in August 1944. . . . Smith is an outstanding historian and tells a dramatic story well. This is a solid contribution to the history of WWII.”
– Publishers Weekly
"Smith dramatically presents a historical biography of a defining moment in time. . . . A fitting celebration and remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of France and Paris."
– Library Journal
"Authoritative and beautifully written. . . . This expertly crafted narrative is a gem."
– Roger Bishop, BookPage