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Eiffel's Tower The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary World''s Fair That Introduced It (Paperback)

Author:  Jill Jonnes
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143117297
ISBN-13: 9780143117292
Sku: 212752605
Publish Date: 4/27/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  354
Age Range:  22 to UP
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*Author: Jonnes, Jill *Subtitle: The Thrilling Story Behind Pariss Beloved Monument and the Extraordinary Worlds Fair That Introduced It *Publication Date: 2010/04/27 *Number of Pages: 354 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.25
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The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world's fair that introduced it || In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look not only at the construction of one of the modern world's most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world. In this marvelously entertaining portrait of Belle Époque France, fear and loathing over Eiffel's brash design share the spotlight with the celebrities that made the 1889 Exposition Universelle an event to remember-including Buffalo Bill and his sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, and artists Whistler, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Eiffel's Tower is a richly textured portrait of an era at the dawn of modernity, reveling in the limitless promise of the future.
Jill Jonnes documents the extraordinary story of the building of the Eiffel Tower in conjunction with the 1889 World's Fair in Paris. Through history, the Tower has become one of the most beloved and iconic structures in all the world, but when it was being built, it was widely considered to be, at best, an eyesore and at worst, an impending disaster. Few believed that the unusual steel mesh tower would be structurally sound enough to stand on its own, let alone support the weight of crowds of people. Meanwhile, as Gustave Eiffel oversaw the construction of his masterpiece, an eccentric collection of scientists and celebrities, including Thomas Edison, Louis Pasteur, and Buffalo Bill, descended on Paris for the great fair. Jonnes's account of the construction and legacy of the tower is filled with amazing anecdotes, fascinating architectural history, and outlandish critiques, such as novelist Guy de Maupassant's claim that he ate lunch in the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower every day because it was the only place in Paris where he could avoid a view of the thing.

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Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0354
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