By Maria Augusta Trapp
With approximately 1,500 Broadway performances, six Tony Awards, greater than 3 million albums offered, and 5 Academy Awards, The Sound of track, based at the lives of Maria, the baron, and their making a song childrens, is as known to so much folks as our family historical past. yet a lot concerning the real-life girl and her kin used to be left untold.
Here, Baroness Maria Augusta Trapp tells in her personal attractive, uncomplicated phrases the extreme tale of her romance with the baron, their break out from Nazi-occupied Austria, and their existence in America.
Now with pictures from the unique edition.
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