Seven Ages of Paris

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Pan, 2003 - Paris (France) - 520 pages
36 Reviews
In this wonderfully readable book, Alistair Horne tells the huge and romantic story of Paris through seven ages of turmoil and change: the Middle Ages, the 100 years war, the Paris of Louis XIV, the age of Napoleon, the Commune, the Empire days of Louis-Napoleon and Eugenie, and the First World War and De Gaulle. Interweaving historical narrative with telling detail, this is a fluent and definitive work of social and cultural history. 'The best book I have read on Paris in a long time' Gregor Dallas, BBC History Books of the Year 'Reading Seven Ages of Paris is like taking an exciting trip in a French balloon' Antonia Fraser, New Statesman Books of the Year 'Provides not only a panorama of the capital, but also a well-crafted history of France with a nice balance between broad overviews and engaging episodes and details' Jonathan Fenby, The Times

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Thorough, brisk, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Not too academic writing, so it is readable. - Goodreads
Good enough research on Paris. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Mel Melly - Goodreads

This book can be quite hard to digest for those who are still green in history or even those who don't speak French. There are too many French phrases without their English translations. It was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adnan Akhtar - Goodreads

Highly readable and informative of the historical facts and underlying narrative of the spirit of Paris and France. Concisely touches upon the highs and lows of this great culture. I would like to re-read this book in the years to come to refresh my sense of Paris. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Alistair Horne is the author of many acclaimed books, including The Price of Glory, Small Earthquake in Chile and How Far From Austerlitz?, as well as the authorised two-volume biography of Harold Macmillan. In the June 2003 Birthday Honours List he received a knighthood for services to Franco-British relations.

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