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

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Penguin, 30 квіт. 2009 р. - 368 стор.
The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world’s fair that introduced it, by the author of Conquering Gotham and Urban Forests

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.
 

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Рецензія користувача  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

The author loves words like "ineluctably", "inimitable", and "vertiginous" (who doesn't?). An excellent job of telling the story of the people that made the World's fair the tremendous event that it ... Читати огляд повністю

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Рецензія користувача  - NielsenGW - LibraryThing

There is only one true Eiffel Tower. There may be copies in China or Las Vegas, but the Tower only has its sense of power and sheer gravitas amidst the Parisian landscape. While it is not viewable ... Читати огляд повністю

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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
Afterword
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Jill Jonnes is the author of Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising. She was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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