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Sprite, January 4, 2012 (view all comments by Sprite)
This book entertained and taught~why can't all history be taught this way? I learned about the Morse Code, medicine, art, travel, politics, habits of the time~not wanting to put it down and finding myself rereading to make sure I understood.
I have a greater appreciation for several of the artists~not wanting to give anything way...you might find yourself looking up paintings...with your new knowledge. Have given this book as gifts and told many people to read it~no one has come back complaining that I don't know what I'm talking about. Enjoy it for yourself!
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Thomas Vest, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Thomas Vest)
Rare is it that the non-fiction book you are reading leaves you wanting more. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris is just that book.

David McCullough is one of the (if not, THE #1 historian) best historical writers we have in the US. His additions to the American experience is what i love about history. You learn so much. You pratically have to force yourself to stop salivating for the next chapter in what you are reading. In "Americans in Paris", you find yourself wishing you could travel back in time to enjoy/re-live/imagine what Paris of the 19th century was like.

One of the purest joys of reading I had in 2011.
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Melisse Laing, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Melisse Laing)
When Americans first started going to Paris, it was far different - and more difficult - than today. David McCullough takes us to Paris and how it changed the lives of early American visitors. His style - almost like he were carrying on a conversation - makes this an enjoyable and easy read.
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Mary Clark , January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Clark )
This is a beautifully written book and will especially be enjoyed by readers who are interested in the lives of all the painters and sculptors who went to Paris to study in the 19th Century. It is also a history of the many doctors who went there from America to study since France's medical schools were so much more advanced than ours.
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s262v2, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by s262v2)
Well researched, clear exposition, very interesting
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ISBN:
9781416571766
Subtitle:
Americans in Paris
Author:
David McCullough
Author:
McCullough, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
World History-France
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
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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