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Season of Infamy: A Diary of War and Occupation, 1939-1945

Season of Infamy: A Diary of War and Occupation, 1939-1945 (Hardback)

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In 1939, the 65-year old French political economist Charles Rist was serving as advisor to the French government and consultant to the international banking and business world. As France anxiously awaited a German invasion, Rist traveled to America to negotiate embargo policy. Days after his return to Paris, the German offensive began and with it the infamous season of occupation. Retreating to his villa in Versailles, Rist turned his energies to the welfare of those closest to him, while in his diary he began to observe the unfolding of the war. Here the deeply learned Rist investigates the causes of the disaster and reflects on his country's fate, placing the behavior of the "people" and the "elite" in historical perspective. Though well-connected, Rist and his family and friends were not exempt from the perils and tragedies of war, as the diary makes clear. Season of Infamy presents a distinctive, closely-observed view of life in France under the occupation.

Charles Rist (1874-1955) was a French political economist. His Histoire des doctrines economiques (1909) established his reputation and throughout the interwar years, Rist served as one of France's top experts on financial matters. After the fall of France, Rist withdrew from the public arena to devote time to his family and his diary.Michele McKay Aynesworth is a translator and editor for Source, a quarterly publication of the American Translators Association's Literary Division.

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