Paris at the End of the World

Paris at the End of the World

How the City of Lights Soared in Its Darkest Hour, 1914-1918

Book - 2014
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A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city's history.

From 1914 through 1918 the terrifying sounds of World War I could be heard from inside the French capital. For four years, Paris lived under constant threat of destruction. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. It's taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; the grandest museums and cathedrals housed the wounded, and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours relaying messages to and from the front.

At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition. Artists like Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he used to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years. A revelatory achievement, Paris at the End of the World shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city beloved today.nbsp;

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062221407
006222140X
Branch Call Number: 944.36 Baxter 2014
Characteristics: ix, 402 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm

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ArapahoeKati Jun 28, 2017

The title is a bit misleading as Baxter also writes about his grandfather, but lots of neat historical anecdotes.

ChristchurchLib Jun 09, 2014

"During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital and yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. Its taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; its grand museums and cathedrals housed the wounded; and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours, relaying messages to and from the trenches. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition, the rich hosted parties and artists such as Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights.The war brought a wave of foreigners to the city, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he uses to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years.Uncovering a thrilling chapter in Paris's history, John Baxter's revelatory new book shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city we love today." History and Current Events June 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/5872ef26-ee78-4673-9f21-9a0d3e6eea9a?postId=9d26883e-ee1c-4205-805b-7768108ed9ea

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