EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House


  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House
  • Norman Eisen
  • English
  • 10 February 2020
  • 9780451495785

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review The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 103 Norman Eisen ☆ 3 read characters The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 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 U. The book covers the 20th century history of Czechoslovakia now two countries through the life of what was most likely the last palace built in Europe The story begins with the Petschek family and ends with the author s taking up residence in their palacehome as the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic 2011 2014Otto Petschek was a dreamer with a passion for the arts He could indulge his passion with the family wealth which he augmented with his own gamble on coal after WWI The resulting palace housing his library and antiues bankrupted him only to be taken over by the Nazis After WWII US Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt enthralled with its beauty arranged US ownership of the property Under the US flag it survived communism the Prague Spring of 1958 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989 Eisen as US Ambassador notes the symmetry of hosting a Seder in this palace home built by the Petschek family Jews who fled it prior to WWII leaving behind their personal items as well as their stunning art and book collections The focus is often on people Otto Petschek and his family who built the house and fled it Rudolph Toussaint the Nazi overlord who inhabited the palace and appreciated its beauty Adolf Pokorny the palace manager who saved some palace valuables and Shirley Temple Black who was caught in the 1968 turmoil and returned as the US Ambassador There is a parallel story of a Jewish family in the village of Sobrance As the story goes on of how this family fared in the holocaust you can surmise this family s connection to the palace and the authorNorman Eisen shows Neville Chamberlin s appeasement as a disaster for the fledgling Czech democracy and how at this point a show of strength inclusive of a US show of support could have stopped the Nazis at a critical time He notes that the west was silent again in what could have been a turning point in 1968 which he describes through the experience of Shirley Temple Black who was in Prague by happenstance There is a good description of the 1988 demonstrations but not the steps taken to show how they brought democracy While the text can be wordy and not all dots are connected this is the clearest presentation of modern Czech history I know of Iron Curtain The Fall of Eastern Europe 1944 1956 has excellent detail of the period of the communist take over Eisen gives an accessible overview of this time through the Nazi overlord s experience In Prague Winter Madeleine Albright gives a longer train of history and for the modern period gives insight based on her family s personal experienceThere are some photos but not enough to envision the places and events The index worked for all I looked up A map showing the Palace the Prague Castle and Wenceslas Suare would have been helpful The Penguin Food Guide to India 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 Witness in Death risk to save the house and Prague itself from destruction; Laurence Steinhardt the first postwar U. The book covers the 20th century history of Czechoslovakia now two countries through the life of what was most likely the last palace built in Europe The story begins with the Petschek family and ends with the author s taking up The Legend of Parshu Raam residence in their palacehome as the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic 2011 2014Otto Petschek was a dreamer with a passion for the arts He could indulge his passion with the family wealth which he augmented with his own gamble on coal after WWI The A Place In The Shade resulting palace housing his library and antiues bankrupted him only to be taken over by the Nazis After WWII US Ambassador Laurence Steinhardt enthralled with its beauty arranged US ownership of the property Under the US flag it survived communism the Prague Spring of 1958 and the Velvet Revolution of 1989 Eisen as US Ambassador notes the symmetry of hosting a Seder in this palace home built by the Petschek family Jews who fled it prior to WWII leaving behind their personal items as well as their stunning art and book collections The focus is often on people Otto Petschek and his family who built the house and fled it Rudolph Toussaint the Nazi overlord who inhabited the palace and appreciated its beauty Adolf Pokorny the palace manager who saved some palace valuables and Shirley Temple Black who was caught in the 1968 turmoil and

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review The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 103 Norman Eisen ☆ 3 read characters The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House S ambassador whose uixotic struggle to keep the palace out of Communist hands was paired with his pitched efforts to rescue the country from Soviet domination; and Shirley Temple Black an eyewitness to the crushing of the 1968 Prague Spring by Soviet tanks who determined to return to Prague and help 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 the endurance of liberal democracy. The city of Prague is geographically in the middle of what we used to call Eastern Europe The city now the capital of the Czech Republic has long been a magical mystical place and its history is pretty much the history of the whole area I am half Czech like former US Ambassador Norman Eisen but my family immigrated to the US three or four generations ago He has a immediate connection with the country as his mother was a survivor of the Holocaust Eisen s mother left Czechoslovakia in Hitler s railroad cars as a young woman and her son returned as the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic in the Obama Administration Norman Eisen has written an unbelievably interesting book about one house two families three US ambassadors and countless others who were involved in the last 100 years of history He takes the reader through four or is it five political systems which controlled and in some cases oppressed the Czech people Many people reading this review will know about the famous house in the CzechMoravian city of Brno Known as the Vila Tugendhat the Mies designed house was built in the late 1920 s by a wealthy Jewish family the Tugendhats The house is now a Unesco World Heritage site and was the subject of a work of fiction The Glass Room by British author Simon Mawrer But less well known is a fabulous palace built in Prague around the same time by Otto Petschek Like the Tugendhats the Petschek family fled Europe in the 1930 s The palace was left behind and was eventually used by the United States as an official residence both before WW2 and after During the war the house was used by a German general Rudolf Toussaint Eisen writes about Toussaint and the German occupation post WW2 ambassador Laurence Steinhardt who tried to settle the RussianUSCzech political and military crunch and lastly Shirley Temple Black Black was in Prague during the 1968 uprising and returned in the late 1980 s presiding over the Velvet Revolution as our ambassador Scattered through the book is the story of Frieda Eisen her family and her recollections of the Czechoslovakia she knewand the one she was afraid of orman Eisman is a masterful writer His book while long was a pleasure to read I hope it s issued also in Audible

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review The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 103 Norman Eisen ☆ 3 read characters The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House A masterfully told and immersive narrative about the last hundred years of European history as seen through an extraordinary 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 evidence that we never live far from the past From that discovery unspooled the twisting captivating tale of four of t. 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 eventually 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 house become the headuarters and torture rooms of the Nazi Gestapo during WWII Highly recommend Four stars


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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 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 osten

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Norman Eisen 35 starsThere were a couple reasons I was interested in reading this book The first being I got to visit Prague a few years ago and

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 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 eventually became the US ambassador of Prague She was in Prague in the 1960's when the Soviet's invaded the countr

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House was a moving and beautiful memoir in which author Norman Eisen relates how financial magnate Otto Petschek had a dream to build a beautiful palace unlike any other for his family in the heart of Prague following World War I and as a testament to free

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House 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 occupa

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House Norm Eisen's The Last Palace is a fascinating look at 20th century Europe This history unfolds through the inhabitants of a singular palace in Prague built after World War I by a Jewish banker and industrialist co

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House characters The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House The city of Prague is geographically in the middle of what we used to call Eastern Europe The city now the capital of the Czech Republic has lon

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    EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House As Norman Eisen mentions early 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

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    review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Norman Eisen EBOOK The Last Palace Europe's Turbulent Century in Five Lives and One Legendary House Thanks to the publisher Crown for providing an advance reviewing copyI like histories told through a place And what a place in this case Just imagine a Jewish man who grew up poor becoming a wealthy industrialist and deciding to build a grand palatial house in the heart of Prague one of the world’s most beautiful citi

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