Spanning a century, Eisen provides an engrossing account of powerful inhabitants of Petschek Villa in Prague. Otto Petschek built it in 1920; Rudolf Toussaint, a Nazi general put his life at risk for the house; Laurence Steinhardt, post war US ambassador struggled to save it from communist hands. Other ambassadors include Shirley Temple and Eisen himself. He weaves into narrative his history as the son of a Holocaust survivor.
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