Sleeping With the Enemy

Sleeping With the Enemy

[Coco Chanel's Secret War]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2011
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Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2011.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9780307969224
0307969223
Characteristics: 1 sound file (8 hr., 31 min., 7 sec.) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark
Denaker, Susan
Contents: Metamorphosis : Gabrielle becomes Coco
The scent of a woman
Coco's golden duke
A Hollywood divertissement
Exit Paul, enter Spatz
And then the war came
Paris occupied : Chanel, a refugee
Dincklage meets Hitler, Chanel becomes an Abwehr agent
Checkmated by the Wertheimers
A mission for Himmler
Coco's luck
Come back Coco.

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chelou01 May 20, 2016

Very interesting story about a fashion icon. History with a perspective different from what I learned in high school made me realize how complicated life was during those "simpler times". The storytelling is not judgmental or patronizing which made me appreciate the author's attempt to make it as close to factual based on his research and knowledge. How sad that in the end, the people Coco disliked the most profited and eventually owned what she had built. If she had embraced her origins and family, the house of Chanel may very well have been kept within the family.

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