“Season of Infamy presents a distinctive, closely-observed view of life in France under the 1939 German occupation through the diary of political economist Charles Rist. The deeply learned Rist investigates the causes of the disaster and reflects on his country’s fate, placing the behavior of the "people" and the "elite" in historical perspective.”
“The singularity of Rist's diary, and its primary value for scholars, is the breadth and depth of the insights it brings to bear on internal Vichy politics, the ideology of the bourgeoisie in relation to that of other classes, and the role that radio played in shaping popular opinion. Much of its critical value comes from Rist's unique perspective generated by his exceptional access to information, his fluency in three languages, and his rare ability to analyze current events in a long-term historical and intellectual perspective.”
— Brett Bowles, author of Marcel Pagnol
“We discover in these pages a closely observed view of life and events in France during the occupation.
. . . Tracking the war’s events, [Rist's] narrative is informed by a sophisticated knowledge of history, literature, and human behavior.”
“[T]his is a valuable account of what one significant and perceptive Frenchman experienced during the protracted disgrace of France as a vassal state of Nazi Germany. ”
— Publishers Weekly