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Last Call at the Hotel Imperial by Deborah Cohen
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Last Call at the Hotel Imperial by Deborah Cohen
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Mar 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780525511199

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The rise of fascism, the spread of Communism, the Second World War, and the end of European empires: Last Call at the Hotel Imperial delivers a fresh, fast-paced history of the twentieth century’s most defining events through the eyes of the foreign correspondents who dashed off to cover them. It is also a captivating group biography of five unforgettable figures, whose tumultuous romances, ambitions, achievements, and bereavements Deborah Cohen animates with extraordinary candor and compassion. Written with a style, insight, and attention to detail its subjects would have envied, Last Call is a riveting narrative that unites public and private affairs with rare fluency and power.”—Maya Jasanoff, author of The Dawn Watch
 
“The celebrated journalists of the Lost Generation were voracious, reckless, promiscuous, funny, and drunk, and they were also shrewd and deeply political. They explained the world to Americans, shaping their thoughts on fascism and empire, racism and sex. From Berlin to Addis Ababa, London, Shanghai, Delhi, Rome, Jerusalem, and Barcelona, they raced toward disaster, interviewing the villainous and those they hoped would be heroes. As intimate and gripping as a novel, this brilliant book vividly conveys what it felt like to live through the shocking crises of the thirties and forties as they were occurring, when nearly anything could happen next.”—Larissa MacFarquhar, New Yorker staff writer and author of Strangers Drowning
 
“In her wildly ambitious new book, Deborah Cohen spins a kaleidoscopic epic out of the oft-told story of the rise of fascism in Europe and the fall of empires in Asia. Drawing on the letters and diaries of a tightknit troupe of American foreign correspondents, nearly all of them celebrities in their time, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial provides a timely and often uncanny mirror for our present moment of national reckoning.”—Deborah Baker, author of The Last Englishmen

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