The Greater Journey

The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 111.76 x 215.9 x 45.72mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3-16-pp 4-c inserts, 2 endpaper maps
  • 1416571760
  • 9781416571766
  • 240,795

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"McCullough wants us to know more than just the dry facts of our country's history; he wants us to the share the vivid emotional experience of those who inhabited it. . . . [he] reminds us of that with each shimmering, resonant page he writes. . . . "The Greater Journey" is the exhilarating story of what Americans learned [in Paris]." Julia Keller, "Chicago Tribune ""

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About David McCullough

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.

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Review Text

"An epic of ideas, as well as an exhilirating book of spells . . . This is history to be savored." § Stacy Schif The New York Times Book Review

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