Seven Ages of Paris

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Vintage Books, 2004 - History - 458 pages
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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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User Review  - AlCracka - LibraryThing

This book is sick. It amounts to a history of France, but Horne stays focused on the real Paris, as it was and as it is, in a wonderful way, while providing awesome insight into the character of ... Read full review

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This is a wonderfully written history of Paris by a noted Francophile, one of whose previous books on the Franco Prussian war, siege and Commune I read and enjoyed several years ago. Full of colour ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen previous books, including A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954--1962The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916How 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 lives in Oxfordshire. He was awarded the French L gion d'Honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history.

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