Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era

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Harper Collins, Jun 30, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

“[A] remarkable biography….Moorehead deftly wields periods detail…to tell the story of a captivating woman who kept her sense of self amid the vicissitudes of politics.”


From acclaimed biographer Caroline Moorhead comes Dancing to the Precipice, a sweeping chronicle of the remarkable life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin—“an astute, thoroughly engaging biography of a formidable woman” (Boston Globe) who, over the span of some 80 years, was witness to, and often a participant in the major social upheavals of eighteenth-century French history.

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DANCING TO THE PRECIPICE: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era

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The sensational story of a woman whose enduring spirit encapsulates one of the most dynamic periods of modern European history.Drawing on a detailed memoir and boxes of letters, historian and ... Read full review

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Take me to another place, and another time. Sometimes looking back at other more violent times in history makes me feel not so terrible about our own times. The aristocracy is weakened, and the masses have risen. The French Revolution is so important as a symbol of nationalism. I loved this book! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Caroline Moorehead is the New York Times bestselling author of Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France; A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France; and Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An acclaimed biographer, Moorehead has also written for the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the Times, and the Independent. She lives in London and Italy.

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