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Paris Reborn: Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann and the Quest to Build a Modern City

In the mid-nineteenth century, the Paris we know today was born, the vision of two extraordinary men: the endlessly ambitious Emperor Napoléon III and his unstoppable accomplice, Baron Haussmann. This is the vivid and engrossing account of the greatest transformation of a major city in modern history.

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Report from a Parisian Paradise

In Roth’s all too brief career from 1921-1939 he established himself as the greatest newspaper correspondent of his age. The great journalist Joseph Roth delivers crisp love letters to Paris.  In Roth’s all too brief career from 1921-1939 he established himself as the greatest newspaper correspondent of his age.His reports from and about Weimar Berlin (1921-1933),

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Paris to the Past

In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history.

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The Mistress of Paris

In the 19th century Paris was the place to be for entertainment and for anyone seeking pleasure of all kinds. The city was a non-stop party under the reign of Napoleon III which paved the way for the rise of the courtesan, à type of kept woman who used her wiles and all of her natural assets to attract wealthy lovers.

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City of Light, City of Poison

17th century Paris was a far cry from the city we know today. It was a dark and dirty place with poor hygiene and squalid living conditions. Thieves and scoundrels were on every corner ready to rob you or con you in one way or another, and scheming relatives were out to kill you in what is infamously known as the Affair of the Poisons. In City of Light, City of Poison, Holly Tucker brings us into the heart of the scandal, deception, murder, and intrigue that plagued Louis XIV's court.

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Sagan: Paris 1954

More than a legend, Francoise Sagan was a phenomenon. Written at the request of Sagan’s son Denis Westhoff, this tender account marks the 60th anniversary of the explosion like a bomb on the French publishing scene of “Bonjour Tristesse”, plummeting its 18 year old author to instant success.

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In Search of Lost Time-Swann's Way, A Graphic Novel

 

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The Novel of the Century (2)

David Bellos was on an Alpine camping trip that turned into a disaster. It rained and snowed, he caught a cold and once installed in his hotel, wrapped himself in warm blankets and Les Miserables. He was entranced and stayed “ill” rather longer than necessary to follow the moving, engaging, and immensely engaging tale to the end.

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