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Robb, Graham

This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon...

Karmel, Alex

"In a knowledgeable, conversational style that conveys (and makes contagious) Karmel's love of his subject, A Corner in the Marais traces the architectural and social development of the City of Lights, from its origins as a Roman settlement, through major redevelopments brought about by Henri IV and Baron Haussmann, to the present renovation of old neighborhoods." "Illustrated throughout with photographs and period engravings, A Corner in the...

Jackson, Jeffrey H.

In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris--the Seine--became a force of destruction in a matter of hours.Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums, thrusting the City of Light into a battle with the elements. Given the Parisians' history of deep-seated social, religious, and political strife, many worried that they...

Caro, Ina

An American Francophile and authority on medieval French history time-travels chronologically through French history by train from Paris with her biographer husband. Taking day trips to destinations including Tours, Versailles, and Chantilly, Caro (The Road from the Past) describes notable sites and events through eight centuries of French history: from the Renaissance through the French Revolution to the Empire and Restoration period. The...

McGregor, James H. S.

Paris is the most personal of cities. There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernist-a Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple perspectives into focus throughout this concise, unique history of the City of Light. His panorama begins with an ancient Gallic fortress on the Seine, burned to the ground by its own defenders in a...

Bouvet, Vincent, Durozoi, Gérard

From the end of the First World War until the beginning of the Second, Paris was the glittering cultural and artistic capital of Europe and, perhaps, the world. With a culture that blended a love of the avant-garde with a respect for tradition, the city attracted the best and the brightest of the world's artists and intellectuals, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Henry Miller, and Tamara de Lempicka. Profusely...

Pitt, Leonard

This attractive small volume presents photographs and maps depicting various important and hidden away streets and buildings of Paris in historical context, and in modern states of decay or resurrection. The work is organized by neighborhood, including Maubert and St. Séverin, Odéon, St. Germain de Prés, Rue Beaubourg and Les Halles, and each page includes historical and modern photos taken from the same perspective showcasing buildings,...

Dallas, Gregor

A history of Paris in twelve métro stops. Métro Stop Paris recounts the extraordinary and colorful history of the City of Light, by way of twelve Métro stops--a voyage across both space and time. At each stop a Parisian building, or street, or tomb or landmark sparks a story that holds particular significance for that area of the city. Dallas takes us to the jazz cellars and literary cafés of Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Prés; the...

Johnson, Diane

Acclaimed author Diane Johnson brings to life the legendary St. Germain-des-Prs quarter of Paris--her adoptive home for many years--with riveting stories that explain its continued mystique in the heart of the world's most alluring city.

McAuliffe, Mary

A humiliating military defeat by Bismarck's Germany, a brutal siege, and a bloody uprising ”Paris in 1871 was a shambles, and the question loomed, "Could this extraordinary city even survive?" Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to these perilous years following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the...