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Trapped in Paris during the siege of 1871, Mr. Washburne showed true hospitality to other, less fortunate foreigners.
on July 13, 2015
Mr. Washburne was a very influential man, a man who helped forge and maintain good relationships between France and the United States. The fact that most Americans have never heard of him is more proof of the sorry state of our education. His diaries help us understand the difficulties of foreigners trapped in Paris during the war of 1870 and the Commune. The author of this book, Michael Hill, gives the reader information about the diary entries to help us understand the context of the entries, as well as the history that was happening. Mr. Washburne helped any and all foreigners who needed him, including Germans who were trapped in Paris during the war. This book has the original diary entries, as they were written, which is not how Mr. Washburne published them, so we get to see exactly what happened. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it was like for an American in Paris during this terrible chapter of French history.