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The Fall of Paris by Alistair Horne
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Aug 02, 10

Read from June 28 to July 28, 2010

I really enjoyed this book. Taking place during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, this book follows events in Paris (with an introductory chapter and a quick outline of the course of the war) during the war and the first few months of peace. It is a narrative with some analysis and does not claim to be a definitive work on either the war or the Paris Commune.

What makes it good is the authors writing, qoutes from the participants, and the "story" itself. The first half of the book covers the Prussian siege and consists of interesting stories (such as the hot air balloons used to send out mail and the unique cuisine based on zoo animals), political events (the overthrow of the Empire and the creation of the republic) and military activities (the various sorties). The second half of the book describes the reasons behind the rebellion in Paris that created the Commune, puts the Commune in historical perspective (it was a workers revolt and a bid for local autonomy as opposed to being a part of the International), and describes the political and military events. Several chapters at the end chronical the second siege of Paris and the bloody reduction of the Commune.

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