Love and Betrayal During the Cold War
By: Steve Bassett
Bassett has woven a tapestry composed of hundreds of hours of interviews and long forgotten photos providing for the first time a unique blend of voices seldom if ever heard. French citizens describe what it was like to have foreign troops roaming the streets of their city. The Americans recount what it was like to be viewed with initial distrust and suspicion, if not outright hatred, fueled by a local communist, anti-American propaganda machine under the direct control of the Kremlin.
When the end came and the base was padlocked in 1967, it was our reluctant ally Charles de Gaulle who administered the coup de grâce by booting out of France not only the United States, but all of NATO. Although "Golden Ghetto" is uniquely a French and American story, this saga is also a microcosm of what was experienced by the 120 million American men and women who served in the military during the Cold War, 27 million of them overseas. Historians, Cold War veterans and their families, as well as the casual reader will be drawn into a rare snapshot of American history.
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