"New York Times"-bestselling, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author McCullough presents the enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900 and how they altered American history."New York Times"-bestselling, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author McCullough presents the enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900 and how they altered American history.Read Less
I would say that this is not one of McCullough's better books. It drags.
Oct 31, 2013
History can be fun!
Lots of info you never knew you'd need. It's a long tome, but well worth the time. If you're looking for a plot -- skip this; if you're looking for inspiration -- jump in!
Sep 5, 2013
Going to Paris?
If so, pick up this book. McCullough provides information about a surprising number of Americans who went to Paris to study, find themselves, and expand their horizons. Like them, you too will fall in love with Paris. The book is easy to read and enjoy.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-03-28 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-07-25 This detailed and riveting book from award-winning historian McCullough traces the lives of several high-profile Americans-including Oliver Wendell Holms, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Mark Twain-who, in the 19th century, found themselves in Paris. McCullough limns the impact that Parisian sojourns had upon these travelers and contrasts their lives in France with events occurring in the United States. Co-narrator (and actor) Edward Herrmann provides a stronger narration than the author, however. While McCullough, with his deep voice, grabs listeners' attention initially, he lacks the ability to maintain that interest, as his emphasis, tone, and energy wears over time. Herrmann's ability, on the other hand, to emphasize different facts through deliberate speech and tone, while moving more quickly through less complicated material, makes listening enjoyable and easygoing. A Simon & Schuster hardcover. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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