The Blood of Free Men
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As the Allies struggled to wrest Europe from the retreating Nazis, many historic cities were reduced to rubble. How did Paris escape this fate? Focusing on the dramatic days of August 1944 when the city was liberated, this history deftly tracks the forces vying for the French capital: the US Army under Omar Bradley, De Gaulle's Free French, diplomats, officials, resistance fighters, collaborators, and the ordinary Parisians who took to the barricades to save their city.