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 more

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  • 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
  • 249,718

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"An epic of ideas, as well as an exhilirating book of spells ... This is history to be savored." -- Stacy Schiff The New York Times Book Review "An ambitious, wide-ranging study of how being in Paris helped spark generations of American genius... A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "A lively and entertaining panorama... By the time he shows us the triumphant Exposition Universelle in 1889, witnessed through the eyes of such characters as painters John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri, we share McCullough's enthusiasm for the city and his affection for the many Americans who improved their lives, their talent and their nation by drinking at the fountain that was Paris." -Michael Sims, The Washington Post "From a dazzling beginning that captures the thrill of arriving in Paris in 1830 to the dawn of the 20th century, McCullough chronicles the generations that came, saw and were conquered by Paris... The Greater Journey will satisfy McCullough's legion of loyal fans ... it will entice a whole new generation of Francophiles, armchair travelers and those Americans lucky enough to go to Paris before they die." -Bruce Watson, The San Francisco Chronicle "McCullough's skill as a storyteller is on full display... The idea of telling the story of the French cultural contribution to America through the eyes of a generation of aspiring artists, writers and doctors is inspired... a compelling and largely untold story in American history." -Kevin J. Hamilton, The Seattle Times "There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development... Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail." -John Barron, Chicago Sun-Times "McCullough's research is staggering to perceive, and the interpretation he lends to his material is impressive to behold... Expect his latest book to ascend the best-seller lists and be given a place on the year-end best lists." -Booklist (starred review) "A highly readable and entertaining travelogue of a special sort, an interdisciplinary treat from a tremendously popular Pulitzer Prize-winning historian... Highly recommended." -Library Journal (starred review) "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 "McCullough has hit the historical jackpot... A colorful parade of educated, Victorian-era American travelers and their life-changing experiences in Paris." -Publishers Weekly (starred review) "A rich and enjoyable literary experience. There are reminders on almost every page why Mr. McCullough is one of the nation's great popular historians." -Claude R. Marx, The Washington Times "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 Tribuneshow more

About David McCullough

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Greater Journey. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian more

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 Reviewshow more