New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. Chermayeff & Geismar (jacket design). Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Deckled edges. Dark gray cloth boards; title blind stamped on front board; gilt lettering to spine. Binding tight and square. Corners sharp. Color map endpapers (front and back). Light toning. Clean and unmarked. B/W plates. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. Sources. Index. 376 pp. / Fair/Good. Spine has some adhesive damage. Wear to edges. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #10248
This book tells the story of the Liberation of Paris during the Second World War. The authors examine the military and political actions surrounding the events of late August 1944 around Paris and how these events unfolded through a series of vignettes based on interviews with, and the written memoirs of, the people involved, on all sides, in the liberation of Paris.
The title is taken from the question reportedly asked by Adolf Hitler following his order to destroy the city rather than let it be re-captured by the Allies. The story was adapted into a feature film by the same name in 1966.