Meredith Hindley is a writer and historian living in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in Humanities, New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, Daily Beast, Christian Science Monitor, Longreads, and Barnes and Noble Review.
About Destination Casablanca
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. 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.”
Historian Meredith Hindley explores this rollicking and panoramic history in Destination Casablanca (PublicAffairs; October 10, 2017). On the 75th anniversary of the classic film that immortalized Casablanca forever, Hindley reveals the true story that served as inspiration—and it is every bit as thrilling.