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Crescendo of the Virtuoso: Spectacle, Skill, and Self-Promotion in Paris during the Age of Revolution (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) Hardcover – November 11, 1998

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  • Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture (Book 30)
  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (November 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520206843
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520206847
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,353,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Metzner's book is that rare thing, a genuinely intelligent and innovative text which is also a pleasure to read." --Times Literary Supplement

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Paul Metzner is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in History.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating account of the historical development of virtuosity, expertise, a faith in technology, and even technocracy. Liberally spiced with the author's wit and erudition, readers will find interesting discussions of the growth of self-promotion, public relations, the creation of a public sphere, and the rise of a self-centered world view. It will be of interest to anyone interested in chess masters, great chefs, automaton makers, great pianists, famous detectives, and to those curious about what these seemingly quite different "celebrities" had in common during the Age of Revolutions. Highly recommended.
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