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Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 by Neill Lochery (2012-10-30)


Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-1945 by Neill Lochery (2012-10-30)

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  • By David Weatherall on 3 July 2012

    A good account of Portuguese history during the Second World War. The focus is on Portugal's dictator, Salazar, far more than the city in which he was based.It's pretty easy reading and for people who don't know much about the Second World War (like me) it's clear and interesting. For people who do know a bit about the subject, I suspect it's treading over some old territory. For example I know the story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (who spent weeks trapped in Lisbon at a critical juncture in the war) has been told many times before. But most of it is fascinating - particularly the account of how Portugal enriched itself throughout the war by selling tungsten for looted German gold.I would have liked the book to live up to its title, and to know a bit more about wartime Lisbon - this critical, neutral city. The author makes a few stabs at describing the atmosphere in the city's cafes, but really there's almost nothing in here about what day-to-day life in Lisbon was like between 1939 and 1945.

  • By Manuel Pessanha on 2 June 2014

    I was a child living in Lisbon by the time the events described by the author actually had place. Coudn't understand what was happening but can remember well the atmosphere, the worry in my parents and their friends conversations, my mother praying for Portugal to avoid the war. And the impact of the refugees, specially the women, in the conservative Lisbon society. My mother dared to comb her hair in what was called "the refugee style": the hair combed upwards above the nape, discovering the skin of the back of the neck. My father was not totally happy!Salazar is treated in the book for what he realy was: a sharp and inteligent politician, defending his country from entering the war and making a profit (for the country) from the contenders difficulties. Not for him: he died more poor than rich. He certainly did not believe in democracy (believed in educated elites coopting those who should have the responsability to govern) but believed in Country and Nation. By the time of the war he certainly had wide suport. After the 50's is another story... As a ruler he was not, in my view, worse than any elected politician: had (political) friends whom he cared and protected and had (political) enemies to whom he was relentless. Any thing new?

  • By Bernardo Herold on 18 March 2013

    The book is very interesting, well researched and well written. The author however seems to have used for his research mostly allied archives and not German archives. It would have been e. g. interesting to check the official correspondence of the German ministry of Foreign Affairs against the briefing report of the former German diplomatic representative in Lisbon.

  • By LusoCali on 9 November 2011

    Just when I thought the world of books had pretty much covered every aspect of World War II, there comes along a book (and a superb one at that) which tells the tale of Portugal during the war. In it's opening line the words Casablanca sets the backdrop to the dark dealings and goings on that took place in Lisbon during the 1940's. Great characters and high stakes diplomacy - refugees, the rich and famous, exiled royalty of Europe, film stars and whole host of spies (both German and British) - dealing and double-dealing. Beautifully written, excellent and extensive archive research, this book makes a valuable contribution and is a hugely engaging read for anyone. I highly recommend it - 5 stars.

  • By Robert Noble Graham on 5 April 2014

    I have found this book very absorbing. The material to be studied must have been enormous but the outcome is coherent and very readable. I had known very little about Lisbon in the war years and less about Dr. Salazar. Salazar emerges as a remarkable man who handled and almost impossible task with immense skill and principle. The popular image of him as a Franco-like fascist does him a great disservice. Portugal faced immense threats in wartime and the outcome for this small, impoverished country could so easily have been disastrous. A very fine piece of work.

  • By ArtPad on 15 December 2011

    Excellent writing about the little known, but important, 'theatre' during WWII that happened in Portugal. A wide-ranging, conscientious and in-depth researched book. Some rarely seen and fascinating photographs of the various participants taken during 1939-1945 round this book off beautifully. I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and am now listening along to the audio edition.

  • By jardim on 6 August 2015

    I have listened to the Audible version of this book,whilst the reviews of the paperback seem very critical and appear to be from literary geniuses?i have enjoyed all the tales it has to tell.As a resident ex-pat I have found the book well worth the read to Help understand one facet of this wonderful country of Portugal and in an easy to read manner.Indeed I am now the proud owner of a Hardcover version purchased for posterity?

  • By Watchdog on 14 February 2013

    This book is about Portugal's backstage role in WWII. Although Lisbon is in the title, I would say the book is more about Salazar and his regime. You will come across European exiled royalty and other refugees, some staying in Portugal, others on the way somewhere else, typically the USA. It is an engaging read, but some claims are made which may not correspond entirely to fact, particularly on the financial benefits of the situation to the country. More research and objective presentation would be beneficial.

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