Seven Ages of Paris

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Vintage Books, Apr 1, 2004 - History - 458 pages
48 Reviews
In this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things, it is never boring.

From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris (at the cost of much of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation, the Liberation, and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle--Horne brings the city’s highs and lows, savagery and sophistication, and heroes and villains splendidly to life. With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment, he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age, is altered but always emerges more brilliant and beautiful than ever. The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know.

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Thorough, brisk, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not too academic writing, so it is readable. - Goodreads
Good enough research on Paris. - Goodreads
Entertaining and educational. - Goodreads

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User Review  - David Geller - Goodreads

The book started off pretty well, but failed to keep my attention. For me, too much on the construction of the city; not enough focus on the people. Read full review

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User Review  - Kirsten Burnett - Goodreads

Really readable, for a history book. Having recently visited Paris, this helped me get under its skin a little and also have a better understanding of the Anglo- French relationship. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Alistair Horne is a journalist, historian and author of seventeen previous books, including A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916, How Far from Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805-1815, and the official biography of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. He is a fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and was educated at Millbrook School, New York. He lives in England.

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