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Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris | [Jill Jonnes]

Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris

Reminiscent of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair's centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries.
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Reminiscent of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World's Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair's centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries.

©2009 Jill Jonnes; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-08-09
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 11-08-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Just read the first half"

    Loved the overall idea of this book more than the execution. The construction of the Eiffel Tower is, in and of itself, an unbelieveable feat, and could easily have made a compelling book on its own. Placing the iconic structure in the mileux of its day, with the World's Fair and Impressionism and the advent of electricity sounds good but ended up making the book repetetive and twice as long as it needed to be. My advice: read the first half, particularly up to the point where the tower is built, then move on to another book. If we hadn't been trapped in a car driving home from Atlanta while listening to this as an audio book, I don't think we would have ever finished it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Glendale, NY, USA 08-16-09
    Richard Glendale, NY, USA 08-16-09
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    "Great Book - Just an OK Listen"

    I did get through it, but at times it was challenging. A good reader makes all the difference.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-23-12
    Simone 06-23-12 Member Since 2006

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    I LOVED IT!
    Full of interesting information and short on dry boring names and dates.

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    Ruth Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12
    Ruth Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about Eiffel's Tower?

    Who knew? Well, I suppose plenty of people knew about the story surrounding the Tower and its World's Fair, but I'm willing to bet that 90% of folks who have posed for pictures with the Tower in the background are completely clueless of the fascinating stories surrounding its development and first year of life.

    Buffalo Bill, Van Gogh, the Panama Canal, and Thomas Edison -- all in one intriguing story of civic anguish and pride.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was definitely a giggle periodically.


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    Judith EPHRATA, PA, United States 11-06-11
    Judith EPHRATA, PA, United States 11-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    The story is great and the narration by Mr. Hecht is enjoyable. My only complaint is that the editing was quite noticable due to a clear distinction in voices when ever something needed to be added or corrected. I found the voice over to be a bit distracting--but don't let that stop you from missting a good story.

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