(Review) The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough

Publication Date: May 2012.
Publisher: Simon and Schuster.
Genre: Nonfiction, Americans in Paris.
Pages: 576.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 4 stars for very good.

Summary:
From 1830 to 1901, The Greater Journey takes a memory tour of Americans traveling to and making their home in Paris, France.
Fourteen chapters look at all angles of the history of Paris, from the medical field to artists, from writers to soldiers.
David McCullough in chapter one explains the reasons for Americans traveling to Paris, 1830 was the starting point for the first "wave" of Americans.
The year 1901 was the beginning of a new century. The Paris Exposition (a world's fair) had been held in 1900.


My Thoughts:
For most of the book my interest was held.
I loved reading about the medical advancement, hospitals, and practices of the early and mid 19th century in Paris.
I loved reading about the artists and writers who lived and worked in Paris. Mini-biographies are given of several. For example: Ralph Waldo Emerson (writer, essayist), Mary Cassat (impressionist painter), and John Sargent (painter.) In addition, I loved reading about George Healy (American portrait painter.)
I enjoyed reading about the friendship of James Fenimore Cooper (writer) and Samuel Morse (artist and inventor.) As well as their achievements and legacy.
A history lesson on the siege of Paris was something new I learned. The siege of Paris (1870-1871) lasted until the surrender of Paris to the Prussians. The siege lasted 131 days. The citizens of Paris were starving. They had eaten dogs, cats, rats, and the zoo animals.
There are 91 color and black and white illustrations.
Two maps from 1831, and 1870, are included.

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