The Lisbon Route

Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe

By Ronald Weber
(Ivan R. Dee Publisher, Hardcover, 9781566638760, 358pp.)

Publication Date: March 2011

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Description
The Lisbon Route tells of the extraordinary World War II transformation of Portugal's tranquil port city into the great escape hatch of Nazi Europe. Royalty, celebrities, diplomats, fleeing troops, and ordinary citizens desperately slogged their way across France and Spain to reach the neutral nation. Here the exiles found peace and plenty, though they often faced excruciating delays and uncertainties before they could book passage on ships or planes to their final destinations. As well as offering freedom from war, Lisbon provided spies, smugglers, relief workers, military figures, and adventurers with an avenue into the conflict and its opportunities. Ronald Weber traces the engaging stories of many of these colorful transients as they took pleasure in the city's charm and benign climate, its ample food and drink, its gambling casino and Atlantic beaches. Yet an ever-present shadow behind the gaiety was the fragile nature of Portuguese neutrality, which at any moment the Axis or Allies might choose to end.



About the Author
Ronald Weber is Emeritus Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame. He is the award-winning author of The Lisbon Route: Entry and Escape in Nazi Europe, News of Paris: American Journalists in the City of Lights Between the Wars, Hired Pens: Professional Writers in American's Golden Age of Print, and Hemingway's Art of Nonfiction, as well as the novels Troubleshooter and Company Spook, among many others. His short fiction and articles have been broadly published in literary magazines and reviews. Riverwatcher is the third novel in the series.
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