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Sleeping with the Enemy - Coco Chanel's Secret War

Hal Vaughan

"From this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel." -André Malraux Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters. In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire. Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of "a little black swan." And, added Colette, "the heart of a little black bull." At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the Hôtel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her "one of the most sensible women in Europe." She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland. For more than half a century, Chanel's life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years. Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative-part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait-fully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II. Vaughan reveals the truth of Chanel's long-whispered collaboration with Hitler's high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes in detail of her decades-long affair with Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, "Spatz" ("sparrow" in English), described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe-a loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. In Vaughan's absorbing, meticulously resea

"From this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel." -André Malraux Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters. In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire. Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of "a little black swan." And, added Colette, "the heart of a little black bull." At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the Hôtel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her "one of the most sensible women in Europe." She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland. For more than half a century, Chanel's life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years. Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative-part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait-fully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II. Vaughan reveals the truth of Chanel's long-whispered collaboration with Hitler's high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes in detail of her decades-long affair with Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, "Spatz" ("sparrow" in English), described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe-a loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. In Vaughan's absorbing, meticulously resea
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"From this century, in France, three names will remain: de Gaulle, Picasso, and Chanel." -André Malraux Coco Chanel created the look of the modern woman and was the high priestess of couture. She believed in simplicity, and elegance, and freed women from the tyranny of fashion. She inspired women to take off their bone corsets and cut their hair. She used ordinary jersey as couture fabric, elevated the waistline, and created bell-bottom trousers, trench coats, and turtleneck sweaters. In the 1920s, when Chanel employed more than two thousand people in her workrooms, she had amassed a personal fortune of $15 million and went on to create an empire. Jean Cocteau once said of Chanel that she had the head of "a little black swan." And, added Colette, "the heart of a little black bull." At the start of World War II, Chanel closed down her couture house and went across the street to live at the Hôtel Ritz. Picasso, her friend, called her "one of the most sensible women in Europe." She remained at the Ritz for the duration of the war, and after, went on to Switzerland. For more than half a century, Chanel's life from 1941 to 1954 has been shrouded in vagueness and rumor, mystery and myth. Neither Chanel nor her many biographers have ever told the full story of these years. Now Hal Vaughan, in this explosive narrative-part suspense thriller, part wartime portrait-fully pieces together the hidden years of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's life, from the Nazi occupation of Paris to the aftermath of World War II. Vaughan reveals the truth of Chanel's long-whispered collaboration with Hitler's high-ranking officials in occupied Paris from 1940 to 1944. He writes in detail of her decades-long affair with Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage, "Spatz" ("sparrow" in English), described in most Chanel biographies as being an innocuous, English-speaking tennis player, playboy, and harmless dupe-a loyal German soldier and diplomat serving his mother country and not a member of the Nazi party. In Vaughan's absorbing, meticulously resea

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan Denaker, Mark Deakins

Length:

8h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:52


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:29


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:16


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:52


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:46


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:32


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:29


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:53


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:01


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:54


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:55


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:46


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:58


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:04


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:13


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:58


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:39


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:07


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:43


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:50


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:56


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:50


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:33


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:09


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:25


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:36


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:15


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:19


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:34


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:00


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

00:32