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Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: At first glance, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris might seem to be foreign territory for David McCullough, whose other books have mostly remained in the Western Hemisphere. But The Greater Journey is still a quintessentially American history. Between 1830 and 1900, hundreds of Americans--many of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, and Harriet Beecher Stowe--migrated to Paris. McCullough shows first how the City of Light affected each of them in turn, and how they helped shape American art, medicine, writing, science, and politics in profound ways when they came back to the United States. McCullough's histories have always managed to combine meticulous research with sheer enthusiasm for his subjects, and it's hard not to come away with a sense that you've learned something new and important about whatever he's tackled. The Greater Journey is, like each of McCullough's previous histories, a dazzling and kaleidoscopic foray into American history by one of its greatest living chroniclers. --Darryl Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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"See all Editorial Reviews
The author is terrific. He can put you in the shoes & soul of those brave wanderers. They were determined people.Published 1 day ago by readrider
A wonderful insight into some of the most famous people of our timesPublished 2 days ago by martin fleisig
McCullogh can do no wrong in my book. The man is an American Monument & genious.
The reseach he does on his cast of characters is mind blowing. Read more
A great book. I didn't want it to end. Paris is one. Of my favorite cities and I love history; so this was the best of both worlds for me. Read morePublished 11 days ago by arthur romeo
Interesting perspective of Americans living away from home through the ages. As an expat for nearly 20 years, I was able to appreciates the challenges and the satisfaction of... Read morePublished 11 days ago by sibrear
The thought of reading this struck me as a terrible bore but as I love Paris and American artists so much I felt I needed to read it. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bonita Morgan
I enjoyed this book very much. Mr. McCullough is a well known great writer and this book is another testament to that fact. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Midge