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The Last Palace

The Last Palace

Europe's Extraordinary Century Through Five Lives and One House in Prague

by Norman Eisen
Paperback
Publication Date: 05/11/2020

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A masterfully told narrative that illuminates a 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.

From that discovery unspooled the captivating, twisting tale of the remarkable people who lived in the house before Eisen. Their story is Europe's, telling the dramatic and surprisingly cyclical tale of the endurance of liberal democracy: the optimistic Jewish financial baron who built the palace; the conflicted Nazi general who put his life at risk for the house during World War II; the first postwar US ambassador struggling to save both the palace and Prague from communist hands; the child star- turned-diplomat who fought to end totalitarianism; and Eisen's own mother, whose life demonstrates how those without power and privilege moved through history.

The Last Palace chronicles the upheavals that have transformed the continent over the past century and reveals how we never live far from the past.

ISBN:
9781472237309
9781472237309
Category:
History of architecture
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
05-11-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Headline Publishing Group
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
198x129x29mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Norman Eisen

Norman Eisen is a senior fellow at Brookings and a CNN commentator and chairs the U.S. watchdog group CREW. He served as US ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014, and as President Obama's ethics czar from 2009 to 2011.

His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, and many other publications.

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