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Americans in Paris
by Charles Glass


Americans in Paris tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation. This tale of adventure, intrigue, passion and deceit exposes the lives of Americans caught up in war from the day the German army marched into Paris in June 1944 and took many of them into the Paris underground, the Maquis and the concentration camps.

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The Northern Front
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: The Northern Front

The Northern Front is an eyewitness account of the Iraqi opposition's preparations for the American invasion, the Kurdish planning in northern Iraq and the early stages of the war when some of the opposition moved to the south.

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The Tribes Triumphant
by Charles Glass


The Tribes Triumphant completes the story of Charles Glass' earlier Middle East adventure, Tribes With Flags, after his kidnapping by Hizballah in Lebanon.

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Tribes With Flags
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Charles Glass: Tribes With Flags

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Money For Old Rope
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Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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My hero: Noam Chomsky
The Guardian 
"My heroes have always been cowboys," Willie Nelson sang, a sentiment I shared when I was a child in California. My hero in my teenage years, while most of my contemporaries were demonstrating against the US war in Vietnam, was the greatest cowboy star of them all, John Wayne. When I was 16, he gave me a job. I admired...

We older fathers make a better go of parenting
The Evening Standard 
We have just christened my new son, Lucien, at Saint Etheldreda's in the City. It's the same church where Fr Kit Cunningham baptised my other children. Lucien's baptism, however, comes 26 years after we baptised my last offspring, his sister Julia. I was 34. I'm 60 now....

Russia retires the Kalashnikov, but the killing won't stop
The National 
The Russian army's decision to replace the famed Kalashnikov as its standard infantry assault weapon is so shocking that its 92-year-old inventor, Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov, cannot be told. The defence ministry fears the news might kill him. If it did, he would be only the latest casualty of a rifle that has killed millions since it went into production...

Strauss-Kahn: From Accused Rapist to Headline Thief
Taki's Magazine 
They say no money was paid and no prisoners were exchanged. I'm not talking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but about the two French hostages released in Afghanistan while Strauss-Kahn's alleged rape victim's credibility was disintegrating....

Reading, Writing, and Rupert
Taki's Magazine 
The Briterati, as I call Britain's media pontificators on matters spiritual and temporal, are in a spin over reports that parents no longer read to their children and that the state is failing to protect the wee 'uns from pornography. It is good to drop in on Britain from time to time, if only to observe moral guardians' ephemeral preoccupations...

Hang the Cyber-Pirates
Taki's Magazine 
The other night at the Hotel George V, the American Library in Paris held a fundraising dinner of the city's American grandees. Dotted among the plutocrats were various publishers, journalists, and writers such as Lily Tuck, Diane Johnson, Alan Riding, Dinaw Mengestu, Jack Lamar, and Elaine Sciolino. Scott Turow delivered the after-dinner speech. His theme was, "Will there be books...

Let Us Now Praise Old Men
Taki's Magazine 
(with apologies to James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 1941) In Paris at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop the other night, a ninety-three-year old man delivered a lecture on resistance. Reflecting on his near-death in a German concentration camp, he told us that he wrote down a Shakespeare sonnet that he hid inside his clothes. He...

Stéphane Hessel: From Resistance to Indignance
Taki's Magazine 
Late last year, a small book by a ninety-three-year-old man unexpectedly reached the summit of France's bestseller list. Stéphane Hessel's Indignez-Vous! (Be Indignant!) sold more than 600,000 copies from October through December, propelling it by several hundred thousand copies over Prix Goncourt winner Michel Houellebecq's novel, La carte et le territoire. Stéphane Hessel had written other books, and his publishers,...

Boeing Boeing Gone
Taki's Magazine 
You can fly safely this Christmas knowing that hundreds of federal agencies and their private contractors are working around the clock to keep the hijackers and bombers out of your economy-class seats. Sit back, buy a double Scotch and soda, and watch the runway lights disappear below as you soar off to Christmas or Hanukkah bliss. Look around. Feeling smug?...

Police Provoke Violence in France
Taki's Magazine 
Congress shall make no law...abridging...the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -First Amendment, US Constitution Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. -Article 20, Universal Declaration of Human Rights...

Do we stop caring after the miners are free?
The Independent 
At last men came to set me free; I ask'd not why, and reck'd not where; It was at length the same to me, Fettered or fetterless to be, I learn'd to love despair. - Lord Byron, The Prisoner of Chillon, 1816...

How To Save Venice
Taki's Magazine 
An international shouting match is underway over the fate of the city everyone loves but no one wants to live in: Venice. It started back in 2008, after Venice ran out of cash to maintain its more famous monuments. To cover some of the repairs on the Palazzo Ducale and the Bridge of Sighs (through which Giacomo Casanova made a...

Bring Out Your Dead (to Vote)
Taki's Magazine 
An Irishman's home is his coffin. - James Joyce, Ulysses The dead use a graveyard forever. - Nathan Englander, The Ministry of Special Cases...

The French Problem
Taki's Magazine 
Is this a Jewish joke or a Gypsy joke? What do you get when a Jew and a Gypsy go into business together? A chain of empty stores....

Thank God for Koran Burnings
Taki's Magazine 
No one in this world, so far as I know - and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me - has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. -H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy, 1948...

Catalonia Bullfighting Ban: Purely Political and Totally Impractical
Taki's Magazine 
At the end of the film Little Caesar, the gangster Enrico Bandello, played by Edward G. Robinson, is shot down by the police. As he dies in the gutter, he asks, "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" Reading that the Catalan provincial assembly decided last Wednesday to shoot itself in both feet, as well as gore itself...

Failure to Excommunicate
Taki's Magazine 
The Catholic Church raised me. The Immaculate Heart nuns who supervised my education from the age of six through thirteen were, for the most part, conscientious educators. They loved us, possibly as surrogates for the children they did not bear. Theirs cannot have been easy lives, cloistered after hours in a small house among other women and forbidden the company...

Prince Charles Saves Chelsea Barracks
Taki's Magazine 
Something happened to British architects after the Second World War. Rugged Howard Roarke-like geniuses and obscure mediocrities alike shared an aesthetic that, for some reason, no one outside the profession understood. Perhaps the architecture schools gave them sets of glasses that made them to see the world in a way the rest of us cannot....

The New Wild West Economy
Taki's Magazine 
The financial geniuses who caused, yet failed to predict, the world's financial collapse are not doing much yet to avoid another crash. Given that I didn't predict it either, I am as qualified as they are to propose "the way out." Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, and many other bankers brought us to this pass, so they may not be the...

Is the French Burqa Ban Against Muslims, Patriarchy, or Liberty?
Taki's Magazine 
A few years ago, the French Chamber of Deputies was debating a bill to prohibit the wearing of "ostentatious" religious symbols in state institutions. The proposed law, drafted as the affirmation of a universal secular principle, would ban Jewish boys from wearing kippas, Christians from sporting large crucifixes, and Muslim girls from covering their heads with scarves at government schools....

The F24 Interview
France 24 
Renée;e Kaplan welcomes Charles Glass, a journalist who has served as correspondent in the Middle East for Newsweek magazine and The Observer for instance. He has just published "Americans in Paris" a book that tells for the first time the true story of the thousands of Americans who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation....

Farewell, my father: the sun sets on my horizon
The Spectator 
Charles Glass pays tribute to the man who was his measure in all things, and whom he thought, like all sons, would be there forever...

New Statesman 
I just took the Métro up to the 17th arrondissement for a party to welcome the new editor of the Paris Review, Philip Gourevitch. (The Review, although born in Paris in 1953 under George Plimpton, is published in New York.) The beautiful Susannah Hunnewell, who was hosting the party, answered the door in distinctly un-hostess mode. No tray of dry...

Free speech is for everyone - even David Irving
The Independent 
"Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." - Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations General Assembly Resolution, 10 December 1948....

Born in the USA
The Oldie 
The Homeland Security officer at Houston airport asked what we were going to do in the United States. I wanted to tell him that it was none of his business. I am a native born citizen. I have studied the Constitution. My family emigrated - or, more likely, were transported - three centuries ago to the North American colonies that...

They stood me up
The Spectator 
For the sixth time in as many months, a woman has cancelled our dinner. In and of itself, a cancelled dinner is a trifle. The cancellations themselves were less surprising than the timing and the method. Did the women, all of whom are friends, give me time to make alternative arrangements? Did they call? Did they explain or apologise? Did...

The new piracy
The London Review of Books 
On the morning of 17 April 1998, the Singapore merchant ship Petro Ranger set sail carrying 9600 tonnes of diesel and 1200 tonnes of Jet A-1 fuel for delivery to Vietnam. Three hours beyond Singapore's territorial waters, north of what is called the Horsburgh Light, the Petro Ranger's Australian captain, Ken Blyth, found himself surrounded by armed men on the...

Terror on the High Seas?
ABC News 
In the first half of this year, pirates attacked 234 ships, an increase of almost 40 percent over seaborne assaults reported last year to the International Maritime Bureau. What is more, pirates are becoming more violent and are adopting more sophisticated techniques - involving patrol boats, mother ships, modern communications and automatic weapons....

Diary - celebrating a fiftieth birthday
The New Statesman 
The best thing about turning 50 is that you've had time to develop a healthy narcissism. While I tap out these syllables on the first day of my 51st year, waiters at Christopher's new restaurant in Victoria are laying the tables for the guests who will assemble to celebrate my 50th birthday....

Sex, the city and the Dona Juanas - predatory females do not inspire great art
The New Statesman 
Predatory males inspired great art. Their female counterparts don't. My friend Rupert confessed that the flame-haired American girl, who used to go out with a friend of his, scared him. The basement club in Soho was, as they all are, overcrowded, noisy and hot. The girl introduced herself, then said she wanted to leave. Rupe, a little slow on the...

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