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Paris: A Love Story

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Kati Marton is the author of six books, including the New York Times Bestseller Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages That Shaped Our History and The Great Escape: Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World as well as Wallenberg, The Polk Conspiracy and A Death in Jerusalem. A former NPR and ABC News correspondent and bureau chief, she is the recipient of a Peabody Award. Marton is also active in human rights, journalism, and education advocacy. In addition, she is a member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International, and the Authors Guild.


Saturated with sadness, regret, and Hemingway, Marton's (Wallenberg: The Incredible True Story) memoir of widowhood after the death of husband Richard Holbrooke recalls how Paris offered her the peace and salve she needed to assuage a broken heart. A refugee from Hungary with her family in 1957, Paris was where Marton attended university during the tumultuous late 1960s; as a foreign correspondent with ABC News in the 1970s, the city served as a base for her work, and was also where she and anchorman Peter Jennings conducted their love affair before marrying in 1979. Fleeing that marriage in 1993 after two children (Jennings is described as cold and manipulative), Marton found a warm, willing relationship with Holbrooke, then U.S. ambassador to Germany, with Paris as the meeting place in their busy lives. Married in her native Budapest in 1995, the couple jet-setted all over the world, especially to war-torn sites, as Holbrooke brokered the peace in Bosnia and later was named special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan. His sudden death by a heart attack in 2010 struck a terrible blow, and Marton retreated again to Paris, where she and Holbrooke had purchased a pied-a-terre in the Latin Quarter in 2005 and where she now found solace. Filled with details of a life richly lived, Marton's memoir has a requisite, wooden feel, as if publicly making the necessary gestures without being emotionally present. Agent, Amanda Urban. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

"A great read-the lightness of love, the drama of war and sudden death-with Paris in the background." -- Diane von Furstenberg "Kati Marton is a writer of great clarity and grace. Paris: A Love Story is a revealing memoir about the contours of her own humanity, rendered with precision and honesty. It is a memorable story of love, loss and landscape that is as expansive as her remarkable life." -- Steve Coll, author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power "Paris provides a backdrop for this absorbing memoir of love and painful loss, played out on the larger stage of world politics....On a first-name basis with the political movers and shakers on a global stage, Marton has observed world politics in the making and makes space for readers on her catbird seat." * Kirkus Reviews * "Kati Marton has lived a thrilling and turbulent life. ... She fell in love with and married two famous men. ... She has been an eyewitness to history in all its cruelty. ... [I]n this memoir ... she grapples with an unexpected new stage of life: widowhood. ... [A] delicious read by a well-connected author." * The Washington Post * "[A] must-read . . . enthralling" * Vogue * "I stayed up last night and read this book cover to cover. I can't remember the last time I did that. It is wonderful-touching, romantic and honest-and oh, how it made me want to go to Paris!" -- Barbara Walters "Like . . . Didion, Joyce Carol Oates. . . . The book, short and intimate, reads like the wind from the urgency of the opening scene." -- Susan Cheever * Newsweek/The Daily Beast *

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