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The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris


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ISBN13: 9781416571766
ISBN10: 1416571760
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jksquires, March 29, 2012 (view all comments by jksquires)
I'm savoring this book and taking my time with it because it is so rich and informative on so many levels. Not only are the stories of the Americans in Paris fascinating, the tumultuous historical events going on in France also make terrific reading. I've enjoyed a lot of McCullough's books before, but this the best one yet.
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Sprite, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Sprite)
The Greater Journey was a fun and fascinating educational experience about art, communication systems, medical science, what was considered scandelous. Paris for a time was the center of just about everything....the fledging United States of America went there to learn and grow and never stop growning.
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kskolba, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by kskolba)
These are well-told tales of the 19th century Americans who fell in love with Paris,from artists and physicians to travelers and fair-goers. The intellectual and social openness that distinguished the City of Light enhanced the growth of new ideas in vastly different arenas of accomplishment. Civil and class wars are not ignored, but one is swept along the currents of French history on scraps of diaries and letters home, never tiring of the trip, never forced to memorize a date.
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mkr302, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by mkr302)
this is an incredibly well written and engaging book. the characters really seem to come to life.
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shulesjoe, January 18, 2012 (view all comments by shulesjoe)
As many Americans were heading West, some did choose to go East, all the way East to Paris. Paris was the source of history, writing and art. Many Americans did go to Paris and return with stories, excellent medical knowledge and fine art. A very good read,
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Americans in Paris
David McCullough
McCullough, David
Simon & Schuster
United States - 19th Century
World History-France
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9.25 x 6.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "One of America's most popular historians and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, McCullough (1776) has hit the historical jackpot. Travelers before the telephone era loved to write letters and journals, and McCullough has turned this avalanche of material into an entertaining chronicle of several dozen 19th-century Americans who went to Paris, an immense, supremely civilized city flowing with ideas, the arts, and elegance, where no one spit tobacco juice or defaced public property. They discovered beautiful clothing, delicious food, the art of dining ('The French dine to gratify, we to appease appetite,' wrote John Sanderson). Paris had not only pleasures but professional attractions as well. Artists such as Samuel F.B. Morse, Whistler, Sargent, and Cassatt came to train. At a time when American medical education was fairly primitive, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. and other prospective physicians studied at the Sorbonne's vast hospitals and lecture halls — with tuition free to foreigners. Authors from Cooper to Stowe, Twain, and James sometimes took up residence. McCullough mixes famous and obscure names and delivers capsule biographies of everyone to produce a colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , David McCullough tells the story of the American artists and scientists who studied in Paris, and changed America through what they learned there.
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