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The Story of Paris

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Winged Victory of Samothrace. >I will not forget this, that I can never mutinie so much against France but I must needes looke on Paris with a favourable eye: it hath my hart from my infancy; whereof it hath befalne me, as of excellent things, the more other faire and stately cities I have seene since, the more hir beauty hath power and doth still usurpingly gaine upon ...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published May 16th 2012 (first published 2009)
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Jason Reeser
Jan 28, 2013 Jason Reeser rated it it was amazing
I just don't know where to begin with this review. Having recently been to Paris, I wish I had read this before I'd gone. It gives a great overview of the history of the city. What seems to help is that the view is from the perspective of a pre-20th century, so it does not dwell on the more recent events, and much of the detail seems deeper, since the events written about were closer in time to the writer. It also does not carry much of the more jaded, cynical views that we so often hear today.

Jul 03, 2013 Elisa rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Very comprehensive history of Paris (and some other cities and countries, naturally, as they came into conflict or contact with it), from the Romans to Napoleon Bonaparte.
It's not short but it's not burdensome either. The author does tell a story; a bunch of them, in fact, recounting legends and famous accounts of conquerors, barbarians, kings, and paupers.
This book is very helpful if you wish to learn about the Louvre's evolution throughout the centuries but the last 20% is a detailed guide o
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