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The Greater Journey

Americans in Paris

By David McCullough

The Greater Journey
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  • Hardcover: May 2011,
    576 pages.
    Paperback: May 2012,
    752 pages.

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Historical Non-Fiction: Americans in Paris between 1830 and 1900

Rated Best Book of 2011, Runner Up by BookBrowse Members

Gorgeous and exhilarating, The Greater Journey surveys the varieties of American greatness expressed over a seventy-year period in Paris. McCullough demonstrates how Paris was a muse to a variety of American men and women (among them, academics, scientists, artists, and politicians), and he describes how the city's cultural and political offerings tested, inspired, educated, ennobled and enabled its talented American visitors.

Despite the breathtaking range and fascinating intricacies of McCullough's history, including the varied achievements of Americans in Paris and the many splendors of the city, a modest but powerful preoccupation connects the stories - work, hard work, relentless work. The disparate individuals McCullough follows are united by a serious sense of purpose that carries them, regardless of hardship and ...

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