Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count
The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary worldÂ's fair that introduced it
Since it opened in May 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been an iconic image of modern timesÂ—as much a beacon of technological progress as an enduring symbol of Paris and French culture. But as engineer Gustave Eiffel built the now-famous landmark to be the spectacular centerpiece of the 1889 WorldÂ's Fair, he stirred up a storm of vitriol from Parisian tastemakers, lawsuits, and predictions of certain structural calamity.
In EiffelÂ's Tower, Jill Jonnes, critically acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham, presents a compelling account of the towerÂ's creation and a superb portrait of Belle Epoque France. As Eiffel held court that summer atop his one-thousand-foot tower, a remarkable host of artists and personalitiesÂ—Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Gauguin, Whistler, and EdisonÂ—traveled to Paris and the Exposition Universelle to mingle and make their mark.
Like The Devil in the White City, BrunelleschiÂ's Dome, and David McCulloughÂ's accounts of the building of the Panama Canal and the Brooklyn Bridge, EiffelÂ's Tower combines technological and social history and biography to create a richly textured portrayal of an age of aspiration, dreams, and progress.