City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris

Category: Book
By (author): Christiansen, Rupert
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / France
  TRAVEL / Essays & Travelogues
  TRAVEL / Europe / France
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Basic Books
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 7.87in x 5.75in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*A sparkling account of the nineteenth-century reinvention of Paris as the most beautiful, exciting city in the world
In 1853, French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious program of public works in Paris, directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann transformed the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a "City of Light" characterized by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new rail stations and department stores, and a new system of public sanitation. City of Light charts this fifteen-year project of urban renewal which--despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy--set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe.
Lively and engaging, City of Light is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris.
Review Quote*"The demolition and rebuilding of Paris during the Second Empire was, then as now, a subject of impassioned disagreement.... [An] astute, gossipy history."-New Yorker
Review Quote*"If you are heading for Paris...be sure to put City of Light in your bag...Rupert Christiansen's account of the destruction and rebuilding [of Paris] is masterly-vivid, dramatic...and ultimately tragic."-Sunday Times (UK)
Review Quote*"Good reading for all lovers of the City of Light."-Booklist (starred review)
Review Quote*"A concise yet admirably thorough account of the reinvention of one of the world's great cities...Engrossing."-Kirkus
Review Quote*"A valuable contribution to modern French and urban history."-Publishers Weekly
Review Quote*"Brisk, vivid, and unexpectedly stirring."-Mail on Sunday
Review Quote*"Christiansen writes about the streets he clearly loves with wit and élan...Christiansen's splendidly illustrated book made this homesick expat look at Paris with new eyes."-Times
Review Quote*"If you are heading for Paris...be sure to put City of Light in your bag...Rupert Christiansen's account of the destruction and rebuilding [of Paris] is masterly-vivid, dramatic...and ultimately tragic."-Sunday Times
Review Quote*"Elegant and gorgeously illustrated."-Irish Independent