(The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House) PDF/EPUB á Norman Eisen

Aclav Klaus was making trouble Over An LGBT Pride Festival an LGBT pride festival US support for itIn all a highly compelling read with vivid characters in a rich setting in very sense amid a scary and ventful century Highly recommend Norm Eisen s The Last Palace is a fascinating look at 20th century urope this history unfolds through 20th century Europe This history unfolds through inhabitants of a singular palace in Prague built after World War I by a Jewish banker and industrialist confiscated by the Nazis during WWII then lived in by three

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American diplomats Eisen them When I turned the page after reading through the first three fascinating people I Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society expected number four to be a boring placeholder until we get to Eisen imagine my surprise when it turned out to be former child star turned diplomat Shirley Temple Black Her chapters were perhaps the most interesting of all to me Through reading this book I learned a great deal about Prague and Czechoslovakia now the Czech Republic and byxtension Europe over the last century I was ually impressed how well written this history is since Eisen is an attorney and diplomat now a Brookings Institution fellow not a professional writer The chapters on fascism s and communism s slow creep into government were specially poignant given what s going on right now in the world and the US I can t recommend this book highly nough Eisen ven brings the building to such life that in a coincidental upcoming trip to Prague I plan to seek out this palace It s the American ambassador s private residence so he may be surprised to find me sneaking aroundI received a free copy from Netgalley in Black Heart, Red Ruby exchange for an honest review As Norman Eisen mentionsarly in the book Goethe referred to architecture as frozen music In a well written and personal narrative the author delves into the history of a building where he served as US ambassador to the Czech Republic that choed the triumphs trauma and tragedies of political and social turmoil in the heart of Europe This book xamines the history of the 20th century to the present day as it follows the building of a mansion in Prague by Otto Petschek the New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood eldest child of a prominent Jewish family in the cultured Austro Hungarianmpire Eisen notes that as a child Otto Petschek fell in love with the music and architecture that surrounded him and that he had both the creative heart of a musician and the soul of an architect He built a fortune as the coal business boomed following the declaration of Czechos. S ambassador whose uixotic struggle to keep the palace out of Communist hands was paired with his pitched fforts to rescue the country from Soviet domination; and Shirley Temple Black an yewitness to the crushing of the 1968 Prague Spring by Soviet tanks who determined to return to Prague and help God's Pocket end totalitarianism – and did just that as US ambassador in 1989Weaving in the life of Eisen’s own mother to demonstrate how those without power and privilege moved through history The Last Palace tells the dramatic and surprisingly cyclical tale of thendurance of liberal democracy.


Extensively researched this fascinating narrative provides a look at the changing political climate in Prague The palace was built by Otto Petschek in the 1920 s his family was in banking and invested in the mines they were all uite wealthy Although Otto claimed to have an altruistic motive in building this ostentatious gem after reading this I think Otto just wanted a showcase to show how successful he was As smart as he thought he was as a Jewish family he didn t heed the warning signs about Nazi purgingUsing this palace as s continuous backdrop the author follows the historical time period by the subseuent people who live in the palace Touissant a Nazi general but one who decried Hitler s methods was the first Then the American Ambassadors Steinhardt and Shirley Temple Black Was very surprised to see Shirley Temple pop up but she was a clever and formidable ambassador There is also a young Jewish girl Frieda and her family whose significance to the story isn t apparent until later in the bookThe reader is propelled through Pragues history the Nazi invasion the Prague Spring and the Velvet uprising It is immensely readable and informative Nothing crushes freedom as substantially as a tank Shirley Temple Black Child Star and DiplomatExcellent European history of Czechoslovakia during the last hundred years through a great house built in 1923 in Prague I was very interested in the period of the 1960 s 1990 s when Shirley Temple Black was both visiting and then ventually became the US ambassador of Prague She was in Prague in the 1960 s when the Soviet s invaded the country and witnesses the violence of Prague Spring The house also had other owners all with interesting backstories the saddest being the Jewish Family The Petshecks who built the house Some Petsheck family members moved to safety in the US and lived to see the Petsheck family members moved to safety in the US and lived to see the become the headuarters and torture rooms of the Nazi Gestapo during WWII Highly recommend Four stars This book covers the life and times of a great house in Prague amid a tumultuous century for the city and the country It s worth noting that the book comes to print at a time of several anniversaries 50 years after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968 and the crushing of the Prague Spring 80 years after the September 1938 Munich conference and the abandonment of Czechoslovakia to Nazi occupation 100 years after the nd of World War I And The Proclamation Of Czech IndependenceThis Is Also. I and the proclamation of Czech independenceThis is also. A masterfully told and immersive narrative about the last hundred years of European history as seen through an xtraordinary mansion – and the lives of the people who called it home When Norman Eisen moved into the US ambassador’s residence in Prague returning to the land his mother had fled after the Holocaust he was startled to discover swastikas hidden beneath the furniture These symbols of Nazi Germany were remnants of the residence’s forgotten history and vidence that we never live far from the past From that discovery unspooled the twisting captivating tale of four of The story of four people who cared for this beautiful landmark beginning with the Jewish coal baron Otto Petschek who built the palace in the 1920s spent much of his fortune constructing landscaping and furnishing it and dealing with
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trouble red tape popular resentment of this display It s the story of Gen Rudolf Toussaint the German general who occupied the place but sought to preserve it as intact as possible ven keeping Petschek s caretaker the General would by 1945 barely survive the liberation with his life and that of his sonIt s the amazing story of the first postwar US ambassador Laurence Steinhardt who would take up uarters there and act To Preserve The House And preserve the house and contents from Soviet soldiers and try to save the house and the country from communist seizure He would nd up procuring the house as an Moreno embassy mostly intact despite resistance from the new city rulers and from the Petschek familystate but was unable to save democratic CzechoslovakiaTwo future ambassadors would come to the mbassy in later years because of ties to Czechoslovakia The author Norman Eisen would want this post because his mother Frieda a Czech Jew survived the Holocaust and returned to a bleak Prague and her story is part of this book Shirley Temple Black would come to Prague in 1968 as a socialite a former child star now visiting on behalf of a charity would witness the invasion and its bloodshed and came away determined to somehow rise in US diplomatic circles and return which she did in 1989 We see a determined steely side of her personality and her presence in Prague as the communist r gime was tottering would be important Her appearances as ambassador at demonstrations and resistance meetings would be a key part although she did acknowledge that the real stars here would be the resistance leaders like Vaclav Havel The reader will sense the very real danger as the r gime was desperate and tempted to use armed force as did happen that year in Romania and ChinaNorman Eisen tells a compelling story and when he comes to Prague as ambassador he would absorb the palace s history and charm He would be startled to find inventory labels under the furniture bearing the Nazi agle and swastika and find US government inventory labels as well from the late 1940s and markings from the Petschek period well before He would also find new controversies as ambassador the country had become conservative and the then president of the Czech Republic He remarkable people who had called this palace home Their story is Europe’s and The Last Palace chronicles the upheavals that have transformed the continent over the past century There was the optimistic Jewish financial baron Otto Petschek who build the palace after World War I as a statement of his faith in democracy only to have that faith shattered; Rudolf Toussaint the cultured compromised German general who occupied the palace during World War II ultimately putting his life at risk to save the house and Prague itself from destruction; Laurence Steinhardt the first postwar ,
The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House