A Grand Way to Chronicle a War - The Lure of Paris's Hotel Scribe in World War II

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In this new release from Now and Then, Ronald Weber chronicles the brief, boisterous final year of World War II at the Hotel Scribe in Paris, headquarters for Allied journalists. Through the Scribe’s doors passed the cream of wartime reporters—among them Janet Flanner and Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell and William Saroyan, Edward R. Murrow and Robert Capa—as well as the foot soldiers of newspapers, magazines, wire services, and film.

If you were a war correspondent covering the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944, you had a dirty, exhausting, and dangerous job—unless you worked out of the Hotel Scribe in Paris. The Scribe, in this instance aptly named, was Allied press headquarters after the liberation of Paris. Author Ronald Weber recounts how the hotel became a clearinghouse for all the war news that flowed from Europe as the Allied armies drove into Germany. In its comfortable rooms with some of Paris’s only hot baths, its restaurants serving coveted black-market food, and its mahogany-paneled basement bar, newsmen could be found at work and play.

“Someday someone will write the proper history of the Scribe Hotel as the working and social center of war correspondents.” —Harry C. Butcher, My Three Years with Eisenhower

As Weber describes its charming chaos, the Scribe could accommodate as many as five hundred correspondents. Its denizens covered Allied action on the broad Western front. And it remained rooted in Paris through the end of war. Immediately after the liberation of Paris and its “occupation,” the Hotel Scribe took on an aura of journalistic legend.

Now and Then Reader, a publisher of long articles for e-readers, will release exclusively 'A Grand Way to Chronicle' the War on April 13th.

Ronald Weber is professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His most recent books are 'The Lisbon Route: Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe', a History Book Club selection, and 'Riverwatcher', a mystery novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana.

This new digital title headlines a growing list of short nonfiction books published by Now and Then Reader, a publishing house co-founded by industry veteran Ivan R. Dee. Now and Then titles typically range from 5,000 to 25,000 words and focus on historical writings, including original works, excerpts, and reprints. Now and Then offers free and paid content on its website http://www.nowandthenreader.com.

For a review copy of 'A Grand Way to Chronicle the War', or to schedule an interview with Ronald Weber, please contact Lindsay Bekken at Lindsay.Bekken(at)nowandthenreader(dot)com or 801-618-2010.

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