Paris may be eternal, the city of light, but this brief intorduction to its history covers only the past three thousand years, but that's enough. This is not for scholars. It is for you and me; we want to get a glimpse of all Paris has been.
I believe the author does us a great service by giving us a survey, not an academic tome. I got a lot out of it. Did you know the vikings raided Paris in the late middle ages, not once but several times?
That rulers have, even to the present, feared the Paris mobs? That St. Denis was decapitated on Montmartre (mountain of the martyr) and according to tradition, carried his head to what is now a Paris suburb? That roman baths and arenas exist even now in the city? That the Eiffel tower once was in danger of being torn down?
And, Joan of Arc once fought to take the city, held by her enemies. And Joan of Arc herself, well ... You'll just have to read this well written history for the rest of us!