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Eiffel's Tower

And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became A Count
Jonnes, Jill (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Presents a compelling account of the Eiffel Tower's creation and a superb portrait of Belle Epoque France. As Gustave Eiffel held court that summer atop his one-thousand-foot tower, a remarkable host of artists and personalities--Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Gauguin, Whistler, and Edison--traveled to Paris and the Exposition Universelle (1889 World's Fair) to mingle and make their mark.
Authors: Jonnes, Jill, 1952-
Title: Eiffel's tower
and the World's Fair where Buffalo Bill beguiled Paris, the artists quarreled, and Thomas Edison became a count
Published: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2009.
Characteristics: 354 p. :,ill., map ;,25 cm.
Contents: We meet our characters, who intend to dazzle the world at the Paris Exposition
Gustave Eiffel and "the odious column of bolted metal"
Troubles on the tower
"The first elevator of its kind"
In which the artists quarrel and the tower opens
Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley triumphant
Gustave Eiffel holds court amid the art wars
The monarchs of the world ascend the republican tower
In which Thomas Edison hails the Eiffel Tower and becomes an Italian Count
Rosa Bonheur meets Buffalo Bill.
Summary: Presents a compelling account of the Eiffel Tower's creation and a superb portrait of Belle Epoque France. As Gustave Eiffel held court that summer atop his one-thousand-foot tower, a remarkable host of artists and personalities--Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Gauguin, Whistler, and Edison--traveled to Paris and the Exposition Universelle (1889 World's Fair) to mingle and make their mark.
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9780670020607
0670020605
Branch Call Number: 907.4443 JON
Statement of Responsibility: Jill Jonnes
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-337) and index.
Subject Headings: Exposition universelle de 1889 (Paris, France) Tour Eiffel (Paris, France) Eiffel, Gustave, 1832-1923.
Topical Term: Tour Eiffel (Paris, France)
LCCN: 2008049839
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Very enjoyable. The book focused more on the 1889 Paris World's Fair than on the Eiffel Tower. This book does tell about the politics of such a large project, the problems with the elevators, etc., but it does not get very detailed, at least not at the detail I was hoping for. This book does tell an excellent story about the Fair itself. Of particular interest is the relationship betweeen the French and the Americans. On one hand there is alot of admiration of the American 'spirit' and inventiveness from the French. The book goes into the phenomenon that was the Wild Bill Cody show including Annie Oakley and the Suoix indians. The godlike reverence given to Thomas Edison was interesting. On the other hand, there is a background of nationalistic rivalry between the 'cultured' French and the upstart Americans. Overall it is a very enjoyable book about a time when such World Fail events were pivotal points in history.

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