Paris at the End of the World: How the City of Lights Soared in its Darkest Hour, 1914-1918Paperback P.s.
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- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 126mm x 180mm x 24mm | 280g
- Publication date: 8 May 2014
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 006222140X
- ISBN 13: 9780062221407
- Edition statement: New ed.
- Sales rank: 37,388
A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city's history. During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital; Germany's "Paris Gun" and enemy aviators routinely bombarded the city.And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. Its taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; its grand museums and cathedrals housed the wounded; and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours, relaying messages to and from the trenches. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition, embracing the lush and the libertine. The rich hosted parties that depleted their wine cellars of the finest vintages. Artists such as Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he uses to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years.Uncovering a thrilling chapter in Paris's history, John Baxter's revelatory new book shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city we love today.
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"The most original and unexpectedly beguiling account of the Great War I have ever read. John Baxter is one of the master storytellers of our age ... A revelation, an adventure, a joy to read."--Kevin Jackson, author of "Constellation of Genius:1922: Modernism Year One."