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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
by Charles Glass

Charles Glass: Money For Old Rope

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I was John Wayne's driver
The Spectator 
Review of John Wayne: The Life and Legend by Scott Eyman Simon & Schuster, pp.512, £25, ISBN: 978439199589...

Rogue Males
Times Literary Supplement 
Review of AMERICA'S GREAT GAME The CIA's secret Arabists and the shaping of the modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford Basic Books. £19.99. 978 0 465 01965 6...

In No Hurry
London Review of Books 
Review of House of Stone by Anthony Shadid Granta, 336 pp, £14.99, August 2012, ISBN 978 1 84708 735 5 When Anthony Shadid was born in Oklahoma in 1968, the only Lebanese personality most Americans knew was not Lebanese at all. Hans Conried was a comic actor of Austrian Jewish origin, who portrayed the gauche Uncle Tannous (a diminutive of...

The London Review of Books 
Review of Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean by Philip Mansel John Murray, 480 pp, £10.99, September 2011, ISBN 978 0 7195 6708 7 Beirut by Samir Kassir, translated by M.B. Debevoise California, 656 pp, £19.95, December 2011, ISBN 978 0 520 27126 5...

Man with a mission
The Spectator 
Review of Patriot of Persia by Christopher de Bellaigue Bodley Head, 310pp, £20...

The original special relationship
The Spectator 
Review of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris David McCullogh Simon & Schuster, 560pp, £25 Of all the cities in all the world, Paris dominates the American imagination more than any other. Although Americans may admire Rome or London, more have enjoyed a love affair with the French capital since Benjamin Franklin represented the 13 rebellious colonies at the court...

Time for Outrage!
The Nation 
Toward the end of 2010, a small book by a 93-year-old man unexpectedly reached the summit of the bestseller list in France. Indignez-vous! by Stéphane Hessel sold more than 600,000 copies between October and the end of December, propelling it above Prix Goncourt-winner Michel Houellebecq's novel La carte et le territoire by several hundred thousand copies. Hessel had written other...

Under Siege: On Emma Williams
Taki's Magazine 
In October 2000 most of the children invited by Dr. Emma Williams to her son Archie's seventh birthday party failed to turn up. Distance was not the issue, given that her house was only twenty minutes from the French lycée where her two boys were studying. The problem was location. In Jerusalem, living anywhere is a political statement with safety...

Whose body?
The London Review of Books 
Review of Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War Two by Ben Macintyre Bloomsbury, 400 pp, £16.99, January 2010, ISBN 978 0 7475 9868 8...

Chomsky's Inner Conservative
Taki's Magazine 
Noam Chomsky's new book, Hopes and Prospects, leads me to a conclusion that will startle his admirers and critics alike: Chomsky is a conservative. It might surprise him as well. After all, he is a socialist and a libertarian. The fundamental precept of his philosophy, which stems from a view of humans as free and creative beings, is that people...

Under Siege: On Emma Williams
The Nation 
It's Easier to Reach Heaven Than the End of the Street A Jerusalem Memoir. By Emma Williams. Foreword by Brian Urquhart. Olive Branch Press. 412 pp. Paper $16. In October 2000 most of the children invited by Dr. Emma Williams to her son Archie's seventh birthday party failed to turn up. Distance was not the issue, given that her house...

Melancholy actions
London Review of Books 
Review of England's Last War against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-42 by Colin Smith Weidenfeld, 490 pp, £25.00, July 2009, ISBN 978 0 297 85218 6...

Belts Gleaming
The London Review of Books 
* 1948: A Soldier's Tale, the Bloody Road to Jerusalem by Uri Avnery, translated by Christopher Costello * Israel's Vicious Circle by Uri Avnery, edited by Sara Powell...

Squaring the circle
The New Statesman 
"The war between George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden defeated both of its protagonists," says Gilles Kepel in his provocative study of the war on terror and the Middle East. But there's too much else to lose for America or the jihadis to withdraw from the conflict. Review of Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: the Future of the Middle East...

The Cordelia Dream
Online Review London 
Wilton's Music Hall 11 Dec - 10 Jan 2009 The Royal Shakespeare Company's felicitous selection of Wilton's Music Hall in the East End as the venue for its new productions was not enough to salvage its latest play, "The Cordelia Dream." In an elegant, ghostly setting conjuring the spirit of Archie Rice and Alfred Hitchcock's magical addition to "The Thirty-nine...

Review of 'Aida'
Online Review London 
The Richmond Theatre 30 April - 5 May 2007 Following Aida's premier in Cairo in December 1871, Verdi wrote, "This opera is one of my less bad." It was probably his most popular, earning him - in addition to the $20,000 (a fortune at the time) that the Khedive Ismail Pasha of Egypt paid him for the commission - more...

Death of a billionaire PM
The Spectator 
Review of Killing Mr Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri And Its Impact On The Middle East by Nicholas Blandford...

A bargain-basement Odysseus
As a young American infantry officer in London awaiting his D-Day orders, Gardner Botsford met an English couple - a civilian accountant, middle-aged and very pleasant, and his middle-aged very pleasant wife - who invited [him] to drop in at their flat in Chelsea that evening after dinner. To Botsford's surprise, the little party featured not well-cooked rationed food, but...

London Review of Books Vol. 28, No. 5 
When I was five years old, the first secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Nikita Khrushchev, threatened to bury me. That was in 1956, when he buried the Hungarian Revolution. In California we welcomed Hungarian victims of Soviet brutality while finding no room for the Guatemalans whose democracy the CIA had crushed two years earlier. We were trained to ignore...

"Shoot the Crow" Review
Online Review London 
Trafalgar Studios, London, 28 Sept - 10 Dec 2005 The day that Harold Pinter won the Nobel Prize for literature may not have been the best to see any play in London. Most contemporary theatre cannot match Pinter, and "Shoot the Crow" is no "Birthday Party," "Homecoming," "Hothouse" or "Lover." That does not mean that "Shoot the Crow" is a...

Lewis of Arabia
The Nation 
Review of From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East by Bernard Lewis. I have witnessed what Bernard Lewis, and later Samuel Huntington, designated the "clash of civilizations" between Christendom and Islam up close in at least two wars. One was the Lebanese civil war that erupted in the spring of 1975, pitting universal values and tolerance against sectarianism and...

Review of Tim Robbins' Embedded
The Independent 
The Bush administration's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are proving to be as good to the theatre as they have been to America's major arms dealers....

'It was necessary to uproot them'
London Review of Books 
Reviews of: A History of Modern Palestine: One Land, Two Peoples by Ilan Pappe Cambridge, 333 pp, £15.99 The Gun and the Olive Branch by David Hirst Faber, 624 pp, £16.99 The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited by Benny Morris Cambridge, 664 pp, £70.00...

A prejudice as American as apple pie - American filmmaker Ed Zwick's 'The Siege'
The New Statesman 
A new film that depicts Arabs as blood-thirsty terrorists is creating a storm in the States. Charles Glass, in New York, sees a sinister reason for its success....

For Love of Justice: The Life of a Quixotic Soldier
The New Statesman 
Major Derek Cooper is one of the last of that endangered species, the English gentleman. Though his own memoirs, Dangerous Liaison (published last year by Michael Russell), were subtitled "an Irish Pimpernel's war diary", Cooper was born in Kent, in 1912, into what his sister called the "wealthy middle class" of England. The Coopers owned a printing firm and his...

Now and Then: A Memoir from Coney Island to Here
Now and Then is a detailed guide to subway travel and cheap food in 1930s Coney Island, New York. It begins in Coney Island, lingers in Coney Island and, somehow, ends in Coney Island. Its title could have been No Escape from Coney Islandor - because the author also wrote Catch-22 - Catch a Life in Here if You Can....

The Oxford Mark Twain
The New Statesman 
Mark Twain knew the value of bad publicity. In 1885, when the Public Library of Concord, Massachusetts, banned Huckleberry Finn, he wrote to his publisher: "They have expelled Huck from their library as 'trash suitable only for the slums'. That will sell 25,000 copies for us for sure."...

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