The Greater Journey: Americans in ParisHardback
- Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Format: Hardback | 576 pages
- Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 43mm | 1,021g
- Publication date: 28 May 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416571760
- ISBN 13: 9781416571766
- Edition: 1
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 202,365
The Greater Journey focuses on the period between 1830 and 1900, when hundreds of Americans--many of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, John Singer Sargent and Harriet Beecher Stowe--migrated to Paris. McCullough shows first how the City of Light affected each of them in turn, and how they later moved back to America to help shape American art, medicine, writing, science, and politics in profound ways. The Greater Journey is filled with wonderful descriptions of the old Paris before it was re-made by Haussmann's grand boulevards, and of the city's great places, especially the Louvre, the Tuileries, and Notre Dame, which never failed to inspire visitors and expatriates.
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David McCullough is the author of several highly acclaimed works of biography and history including TRUMAN (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993), BRAVE COMPANIONS, THE GREAT BRIDGE and THE JONESTOWN FLOOD. He has also won the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Award and is twice winner of the National Book Award.
"For more than 40 years, David McCullough has brought the past to life in books distinguished by vigorous storytelling and vivid characterizations. . . . . McCullough again finds a slighted subject in "The Greater Journey," which chronicles the adventures of Americans in Paris. . . . Wonderfully atmospheric." --Wendy Smith, "Los Angeles Times "