This is a captivating story with a cast of characters the likes of which will never be seen in one spot again: Escoffier, Goring, de Gaulle, Churchill, Mandel, Laval, Morand, Capa, Gelhorn, Dietrich, Shaw, Proust, Cocteau, Sartre, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Chanel, to name a few. Mazzeo tells the story of the Ritz from its beginning during the Dreyfus affair and then forward to the German occupation of Paris during WWII. Everything was happening at the Ritz and everyone wanted to be there - French, German, American - it did not matter; spies for both sides, journalists, actors, royalty, and high ranking Nazi officials. You do not have to be a history lover to enjoy this book. You only have to like a good tale about real people during a very terrifying time in history, and a hotel that turns out to be the largest character in the story.
— Lynne Pellerito Riehl, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI