By Kate Alcott
From the recent York occasions bestselling writer of The fashion designer comes a blockbuster novel that takes you behind the curtain of the filming of *Gone with the Wind*, whereas turning the highlight at the passionate romance among its speeding best guy, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.
When Julie Crawford leaves citadel Wayne, Indiana, for Hollywood, she by no means imagines she’ll move paths with Carole Lombard, the surprising actress fromJulie’s provincial Midwestern native land. The younger lady has goals of changing into a screenwriter, however the basically task Julie’s capable of finding is one within the studio exposure workplace of the notoriously hard manufacturer David O. Selznick, who's busy burning via administrators, writers, and funds as he movies long past with the Wind.
even if tensions run excessive at the set, Julie reveals she will step onto the again lot, take up the scent of smoky gunpowder and the tender rustle of hoop skirts, and think the mystical international of long gone with the Wind come to lifestyles. Julie’s entry to real-life magic comes while Carole Lombard hires her as an assistant and invitations her into the glamorous international Carole stocks with Clark Gable, who's approximately to maneuver into motion picture heritage because the rushing Rhett Butler.
Carole Lombard, fortunately profane and uninhibited, makes no mystery of her courting with Gable, which poses whatever of an issue for the studio simply because Gable is technically nonetheless married—and the very last thing the movie wishes is extra detrimental exposure. Julie is there to fend off the overly curious journalists, hoping to avoid information about the affair from slipping out. yet she will slightly stay alongside of her blond organisation, not to mention regulate what comes out of Carole’s mouth, and—as their friendship grows—Julie quickly reveals she doesn’t are looking to. Carole, either clever and humorous, turns into Julie’s version for breaking freed from the past.
within the ever-widening scope of this tale, Julie is given a front-row seat not to one yet of the best amorous affairs of all time: the indisputable on-screen chemistry among Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love among Carole and Clark. but underneath the glossy façade, issues in Hollywood are by no means particularly what they appear, and Julie needs to discover ways to stability her profession aspirations and her personal budding romance with the oversized personalities and overheated drama on set. bright, romantic, and jam-packed with outdated Hollywood information, a slightly of Stardust will front, shock, and pleasure.
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La trattativa segreta che si è svolta tra Inghilterra e Russia, e di cui solo in parte i documenti resi via via liberi danno conto, verteva appunto su questo, cioè la Tracia – quella che noi non chiamiamo più Tracia, probabilmente, ma che è la zona dove si trova Istanbul, e che insiste da una parte sul Mar Nero, dall’altra sui Dardanelli – in quali mani sarebbe alla fine caduta e quali garanzie l’Inghilterra era pronta a dare alla Russia per tale controllo, per il controllo di quello strategico, nevralgico punto di sutura tra il Mar Nero e il Mediterraneo?
Da un lato c’è il cancelliere in carica – Bethmann-Hollweg, subentrato a Bülow, dopo l’incidente del «Daily Telegraph» – il quale, Bethmann-Hollweg, è reputato storiograficamente, e da taluni tuttora considerato, un moderato, al quale si 41 contrappone, via via che la guerra procede, un’ala più oltranzista, cosiddetta «annessionista», che cioè ritiene che la guerra debba produrre delle annessioni territoriali, dei vantaggi territoriali per la Germania; Bethmann sarebbe invece favorevole ad una conclusione senza annessioni, una conclusione di compromesso magari più accettabile per i paesi che alla Germania si oppongono.
Perché il governo tedesco ritiene che sia scontato che la Francia interverrà a fianco della Russia. Anche questo è molto sintomatico: si sa che c’è un patto, un’intesa franco-russa bilaterale – come ce 45 n’è una franco-inglese, naturalmente. Non è ovvio ma è congetturale che la Francia si schiererà al fianco della Russia e quindi può costituire una minaccia alla Germania sul fronte occidentale. La Germania previene questa minaccia dichiarando guerra alla Francia: 2 agosto. A questo punto la guerra è europea a 360 gradi.