Jun 26, 10
Read from January 28 to June 26, 2010
I wanted to read a book about the engineering behind the Eiffel Tower, and this is one of the surprisingly few books that attempts to do that. That part worked the best, with interesting stories about the design, construction, elevator troubles, and Eiffel's leadership.
As if that wasn't enough of a story, the author broadens it to talk about the Paris Exposition for which the tower was built. Ok, also good. Then she spends considerable pages on notable personalities or acts that came to the Exposition, including Buffalo Bill Cody's wild west show (including Annie Oakley), Thomas Edison, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Whistler, and others. It's an amazing history of an amazing event, but towards the end (after the focus shifted from the tower), I struggled to finish the book.