Seven Ages of Paris

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Pan Macmillan, 2003 - Paris (France) - 520 pages
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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
Entertaining and educational. - Goodreads
Alastair Horne needs no introduction. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kenneth - Goodreads

Excellent history of Paris from the Merovingian through DeGaulle and the 5th Republic. Details the Frond, Commune,the two wars, the buildings of Paris and so much more. Informative and entertaining. Read full review

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User Review  - Jerry Kinney - Goodreads

What a beautiful expose of a truly great city. Although, I am sure some who have studied some of the personalities in detail would not be satisfied, I thought Horne explained the interconnectedness of the Ages with exquisite precision. Read full review

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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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