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Eiffel's Tower by Jill Jonnes
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Dec 07, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, kindle
Read from November 28 to December 07, 2010

I am really glad that I persevered through some slow sections in the first third to half of the book. I think a little editing could have helped with some overly long quotes and descriptions. There were several things I would have cut completely (several pages about a prince from Iran and his trip up the tower, some of the discussions of the current French government issues that were occurring at the time, but did not seem to have any bearing or relation except tangential to the main historical figures of the book). I loved the overlapping stories of the historical figures (Eiffel, Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakly, Thomas Edison particularly...). The Impressionists were also there but their story was basically in a separate orbit from those I just mentioned. I really enjoyed learning new things about these figures and how they came to relate to one another as a result of the Exposition and their overall place in history. Glad I read this for book club or otherwise may have put it down early on without powering through.....
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