Verdict on Vichy

  • by Michael Curtis
  • Narrated by James Patrick Cronin
  • 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This masterful audiobook is the first comprehensive reappraisal of the Vichy France regime for over 20 years. France was occupied by Nazi Germany between 1940 and 1944, and the exact nature of France's role in the Vichy years is only now beginning to come to light. One of the main reasons that the Vichy history is difficult to tell is that some of France's most prominent politicians, including President Mitterand, have been implicated in the regime. This has meant that public access to key documents has been denied and it is only now that an objective analysis is possible.
The fate of France as an occupied country could easily have been shared by Britain, and it is this background element, which enhances our fascination with Vichy France. How would we have acted under similar circumstances? The divisions and repercussions of the Vichy years still resonate in France today, and whether you view the regime as a fascist dictatorship, an authoritarian offshoot of the Third Reich or an embodiment of heightened French nationalism, Curtis's rounded, incisive book will be seen as the standard work on its subject for many years.


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Customer Reviews

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Good book, marginal reading

Excellent, densely researched, and eye-opening book. I, for one, will never see France in quite the same way again. They never underwent the violent catharsis of other Axis nations and, instead, seem to be reaching a resolution incrementally. I hope they get there; they've got a lot to resolve.

The narrator is dreadfully slow and non-fluent. His over-pronounced French names come after portentous pauses and sound like parody. It's a genuinely awful reading, which makes the fact-intensive writing that much more difficult to assimilate while cleaning up the kitchen or doing side lunges. Oh, and he pronounces "banal" to rhyme with "anal." Vraiment le coup de grĂ¢ce.
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- Eric "Middlemarch, Middlesex, Middlebrow"

Performance Ruined It

What did you like best about Verdict on Vichy? What did you like least?

The reader made it unbearable to listen.

Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Curtis? Why or why not?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

Awful. Simply awful. Made it impossible to finish.

Was Verdict on Vichy worth the listening time?


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- TMac "NeutralObserver"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-27-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios