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5.0 out of 5 stars Of patriotism and wine
This book was an unexpected delight! The truth of the exploits of the French to save their wine, their livelihood, and their country's identity during the Nazi Occupation of WWII is told from very individual perspectives. We learn of winemakers struggling to keep their vineyards alive despite a shortages of able-bodied men and copper sulfate, trampling by troops,...
Published on Dec 4 2003 by Book Brain

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not well written
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it anyone interested either in wine or WW2. One really annoying error was to say that an American soldier in France was a life long Baltimore Oriole fan! There were no Baltimore Orioles until after the move from St Louis in 1954!! There are a lot of fascinating episodes and amazing curiosities that more than make up for that,...
Published on Dec 3 2011 by Donald W Norris


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5.0 out of 5 stars Of patriotism and wine, Dec 4 2003
This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
This book was an unexpected delight! The truth of the exploits of the French to save their wine, their livelihood, and their country's identity during the Nazi Occupation of WWII is told from very individual perspectives. We learn of winemakers struggling to keep their vineyards alive despite a shortages of able-bodied men and copper sulfate, trampling by troops, blackouts, droughts, and raiding Nazi soldiers. even if your knowledge of wine is minimal, names like Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Moet are likely to ring a bell. To understand the struggles that these families endured and often overcame becomes very real and understandable in the writings of the authors. The human toll of war as well as the economic costs are played against the unflagging spirit of the people and their love of the land, the wine, and their country. Not only is this a great story of wine and war but of patriotism as well. It has been convenient to belittle the French in recent times relative to their attitude about war, but this book reminds us that they endured something we were fortunate never to have to deal with -- enemy occupation and the resultant destruction and demoralization.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not well written, Dec 3 2011
This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it anyone interested either in wine or WW2. One really annoying error was to say that an American soldier in France was a life long Baltimore Oriole fan! There were no Baltimore Orioles until after the move from St Louis in 1954!! There are a lot of fascinating episodes and amazing curiosities that more than make up for that, however.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The French love of wine., July 15 2004
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This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
I thought this was an original concept of a war story. The authors tell of the French love of the national drink of wine and the German Occupation. The Germans took a portion of the output of the vineyards, and the French were starved for wine. Various stories of the burgundies/champaynes and other assorted wines were told in this conglomoration of a book about wine and WWII. French POWs in a Stalig camp throw a wine party after accumulating wine. Resistance figures siphon off wine from casks bound for Germany. Bad wine is sent to the German occupation authorites. Collaborators sell the drink to the German authorities. Jews are hidden in the vineyards. These are all stories included in this short book.
The concept of this book was interesting. This collection of stories does not lead to a very coherent book, although many of the stories are very interesting. This is more of a fluff book, unless you are interested in wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you like wine, Dec 2 2003
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George T C Ho (Singapore Singapore) - See all my reviews
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you will find this book cutting thru the fog of incomprehensible wine labels. Wines are made for people, consumed by people and ultimately resided in the soul of the people. Ever wonder why reference has always been made to wine in literature since time immemorial; from Plato to Omar Khayyam to Shakespeare. Read this book and you will understand the passion shared - even amongst enemies in the middle of a world war.
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4.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING, MORE INSPIRATION THAN HISTORY, Oct. 28 2003
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The story of the French resistance to protect the wine is a very interesting one, well told by the authors of this book. It is clear that the amount of research involved is extraordinary, and the authors do a good job of transmitting to the reader the deep feelings and history involved.
One major comment is that the whole sotry is mainly focused on WWII, making the title "WINE AND WAR" somewhat misleading. As a piece of history, this is not very additive to the history of WWII. The French Resistance has its history well documented, and this is only a portion of its activities. There is some lack of connection between the individual stories and the actual political and military developments of the war, making the stories interesting but disconnected.
Overall, this is a great book if you are a wine enthusiast or if you want somehting to read over a 10 hour flight, but if you are a pure historian, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting albeit insubstantial story, Oct. 5 2003
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chefdevergue (Spokane, WA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
If you want a good World War II history, then this is not the book for you. In fact, if you don't love wine, you won't find this book to be all that interesting at all. In the larger context of history, one could charitably call this a history of one of the many dimensions of the German occupation of France & the French resistance.
It is a fascinating portrayl of the wine-making industry & its subculture, and is an intriguing example of how far some people were willing to go to protect, in the final analysis, a bunch bottles of fermented grape juice. The french & the germans involved in this story are patriots, collaborators & sympathetic occupiers. There stories can be found by the thousands outside of the world of wine. The only distinction is that the french attach such importance to their wines, which give them a sense of their national identity.
As befits a largely insubstantial topic, the book is a quick and easy read. The authors are not trying to impart some Great Message, but are simply trying to tell a pretty interesting tale. It is enjoyable enough to merit 4 stars, but would need more substance for a 5th star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, lousy writing, Aug. 21 2003
This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
The quotations from the protagonists and their progeny tell the story. Good thing, too, because the authors' writing style is at best pedestrian. Several times I threw the book across the room because I became so frustrated at the lack of quality in the narrative. The text reads like a biography that a fourth-grade student might bring home, which is very distracting from the story itself. That said, the colorful anecdotes that appear between quotation marks still merit reading the book. After all, I did each time walk across the room and pick up the book to resume reading. Just don't get your hopes up too high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wine lovers won't believe this incredible story, April 7 2003
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George A. Weinstock (Encino, CAlifornia USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
If you have ever visited any of the wine region(s) of France, you will find this book incredible. I have visited them all and now I want to go back and see the Chateaus, caves and fields from a totally different view - not so much how they make or store their wine - but see where all these (never before known to me) things happened. I want to see the bullet holes in the walls, the boarded up tunnels where people hid, the lake where they hid the wine and the city streets were a lot of bad things happened. And, if you have not been to France, just your knowledge of the wine you like will shed a brand new appreciation on the winemakers, their history and how they survived to make this for you to now drink and enjoy. This is a must read for anyone who has any appreciation of wine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story, Feb. 17 2003
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Michael Casey "Michael" (Atlanta, GA United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
This is a wonderful book. I purchased it as a wine lover but finished it being far more interested in French history than I had previously been. This is a book much more about the French people during the brief period from the late 1930s to the end of WWII than about wine itself. It is a book that illustrates a history I had previously ignored.
The story follows several wine families from the major wine regions: Bordeaux, Champagne, the Rhone, and Burgundy. The book also looks closely at the Germans who were ultimately placed in charge of these area's vinyards. It is the relationship between the growers and the German wine chiefs that makes for the most interesting part of the book.
My only criticism would be that the book could have been longer, with more stories and detail.
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2.0 out of 5 stars What are the authors trying to say?, Nov. 26 2002
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This review is from: Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure (Paperback)
The book lacked writing style and content. The book is written in a very primitive boring language. Short simple sentences made me think that the book is written for teenagers. Part of it could be due to the translation of the stories from French to English. Now, content... I'm still trying to understand what point the authors were trying to make. This is a convoluted compellation of stories loosely woven in a WWII timeline. Authors have taken stories of 20 rich wine families and applied them to the entire nation, which made for a very rosy account of one of the most tragic wars in the 20th century...
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