Here is a really first-rate documentation of the terrible days of August, 1944, which led to the liberation of the great French capital. The story begins with the German occupation in 1940. Retelling the story of the round-up of Jews, suppression of the press, and growth of the complex, politically-oriented French underground, it follows the tense history of the city until the Allies landed in Normandy. From there the tale reads like an intelligent, well-documented thriller. There are the strikes, reprisal executions by the Germans, the threat by the Germans to destroy the whole city, and finally the vicious fighting which broke out in the streets. Ending on a triumphant note as General Charles DeGaulle reentered Paris on August 25, it documents the arrival of American troops and surrender of the German garrison. An important historical work, blessed with great readability.