Book cover of Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II  by Meredith Hindleyby Meredith Hindley

This rollicking and panoramic history of Casablanca during the Second World War sheds light on the city as a key hub for European and American powers, and a place where spies, soldiers, and political agents exchanged secrets and vied for control.

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 target after France’s surrender to Germany.

Interview with the Author

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Chatter: The Movie “Casablanca” in Myth and Reality with Meredith Hindley
5/30/22             72 min

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Destination Casablanca: An Interview with Meredith Hindley 
1/23/18            46 min

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