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By Meredith Hindley | Comments: ( 361 ) | Date: ( Dec 07, 2019 )

In November 1942, as a part of Operation Torch, 33,000 American soldiers sailed undetected across the Atlantic and stormed the beaches of French Morocco Seventy four hours later, the Americans controlled the country and one of the most valuable wartime ports Casablanca.In the years preceding, Casablanca had evolved from an exotic travel destination to a key military targIn November 1942, as a part of Operation Torch, 33,000 American soldiers sailed undetected across the Atlantic and stormed the beaches of French Morocco Seventy four hours later, the Americans controlled the country and one of the most valuable wartime ports Casablanca.In the years preceding, Casablanca had evolved from an exotic travel destination to a key military target after France s surrender to Germany Jewish refugees from Europe poured in, hoping to obtain visas and passage to the United States and beyond Nazi agents and collaborators infiltrated the city in search of power and loyalty The resistance was not far behind, as shopkeepers, celebrities, former French Foreign Legionnaires, and disgruntled bureaucrats formed a network of Allied spies But once in American hands, Casablanca became a crucial logistical hub in the fight against Germany and the site of Roosevelt and Churchill s demand for unconditional surrender Rife with rogue soldiers, power grabs, and diplomatic intrigue, Destination Casablanca is the riveting and untold story of this glamorous city memorialized in the classic film that was rush released in 1942 to capitalize on the drama that was unfolding in North Africa at the heart of World War II.


  • Title: Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II
  • Author: Meredith Hindley
  • ISBN: 9781610394055
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Meredith Hindley

Meredith Hindley is a writer and historian living in Washington, D.C Her work has appeared in Humanities, New York Times, Salon, Longreads, and Barnes and Noble Review She found her way to the nation s capital after growing up in Colorado and attending the University of Wyoming As a student at Laramie, she studied English and history, while also learning the importance of Polar Fleece.Hindley ventured east to attend American University, where she earned a master s degree in history A year working as a legal assistant failed to deter her from plunging back into academia, and she returned to American University to earn a Ph.D If pressed, she will confess that one of the great things about being a historian of World War II is having a reason to visit London, Paris, and Casablanca.Along with a deep love of history, she also confesses to being a fan of classic movies, lipstick, well plotted mysteries, and the Washington Capitals And, yes, she still owns a pair of cowboy boots Black.



Comments Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II

  • Mark Mortensen

    In WWII those loyal to France were divided into a three legged stool with the Vichy and former WWI leader Henri-Philippe Petain in France distant from Paris collaborating with the Germans, de Gaulle exiled from France in England with a Free French movement and the French North Africans surrounding Casablanca with their own vision for France’s future. Prior to World War II the North African Moroccan French colonial seaport called Casablanca encompassed an ethnic potpourri of Europeans and Arabs [...]


  • victor harris

    The Allied invasion of North Africa which was to be a staging point for further advances into southern Europe was an immensely complex operation and this efficiently untangles many of the pitfalls and cast of characters. One of the major problems was the divided loyalties of the French. Many were still committed to maintaining their links to the Petain-led Vichy government in the homeland while others resented Vichy and its German affiliation. It would require a fairly robust military engagement [...]


  • Charles Inglin

    The city of Casablanca, Morocco, became known to Americans as the westernmost of the three objectives of Operation Torch, in November 1942. By coincidence, Warner Brothers had just filmed a movie set in Casablanca, and released under the title "Casablanca." Originally scheduled for release in the spring of 1943 it was released earlier to take advantage of the publicity. The author of "Destination: Casablanca" looks at the real story of Casablanca during WWII, a story worthy of a Hollywood movie. [...]


  • Casey Wheeler

    I received a free Kindle copy of Destination Casablanca by Meredith Hindley courtesy of Net Galley and Perseus Books, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, , , Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a great deal about World War II, but very little about the war in northern Africa. It is the first book by the Meredith Hindley th [...]


  • Gary

    Meredith Hindley’s “Destination Casablanca” succeeds on so many levels that I had trouble deciding to where to begin this review. With so much attention having been paid in recent years to WW II action in mainland Europe and the Pacific, especially through feature films and TV mini-series that reach huge audiences (Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, Dunkirk, Pearl Harbor, The Pacific) it’s gratifying to see the spotlight turned on a lesser-known theater of operations.Casablanca, a po [...]


  • John Purvis

    "Destination Casablanca" eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Meredith Hindley (meredithhindley). Ms. Hindley is a Historian living in Washington, D.C. This is her first book. I received an ARC of this book through netgalley in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘G’. The book tells the story of Casablanca from just prior to the onset of World War II until shortly after the war ends. This is an historical look at the the major figures in Casablanca during [...]


  • Maura

    If I hadn't gone to the author's talk on this book last month, I'm not sure I could have gotten past the beginning, which is densely packed with information about Morocco and colonial north Africa. It got a bit confusing as so many characters were introduced. Some of the politics got a bit mind-bending as officials sympathized with (and sometimes covertly worked for) the various factions with interests in Morocco. All of this lays the groundwork for the battle of Casablanca, which allowed the US [...]


  • Dave

    Review originally published at Book of Bogan.Destination Casablanca is a look at the shenanigans went on in Casablanca in particular, and North Africa in general, during the Second World War, as the competing countries and interests clashed. In some ways this felt like a sort of lower deck episode, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek. While the events of the war are discussed, and at times discussed in great detail, this is the story of the smaller people who were having to live their lives in the [...]


  • Quinby6696 Frank

    Absorbing account of the strategic military and political importance of Casablanca and by extension the Protectorate of Morocco during World War II. Happily, Hindley states that with a few discrepancies the portrayal of Casablanca in the famous film keeps close to the truth, but the author greatly expands her story to give a global perspective. Swarming with refugees from all parts of Europe, spies of all stripes, leaders of the Vichy government, an assortment of American operatives, and various [...]


  • B.T. Mienoré

    I was really excited to get this book, as the Moroccan theatre in WWII is basically unknown to me. It is a huge gap in my history knowledge.This book captured me from the beginning, with a brief history of pre-1942 Morocco, which grew from under 100,000 residents to 350,000 under the French governor. Then there are three sections - the first covers the personalities in Casablanca, starting with Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier; the second discusses the American invasion and takeover from th [...]


  • Joseph

    The native Moroccan Arabs are never in this book. Even the King is treated as window dressing in his own country. I was unaware until I read this book that Josephine Baker spent so much time in Morocco. As a Californian, Patton's reflections are often interesting. Author notes that on a drive between Casablanca and Rabaat Patton felt the country was classic tanker country. Having done the same drive I have seen the gentle rolling hills he is referring. But, how about his reflections on the peopl [...]


  • brightredglow

    Really enjoyed it. Received as an ARC in exchange for honest review. All I really know about Casablanca and World War II is from the movie which isn't much. The real situation in Casablanca is a lot more intriguing. Hindley does a great job of bringing that time back to life.


  • Pat Ohlhoff

    Husband read it; not I!


  • Lehtomaki

    Nonfiction


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