The Fall of Paris
The Siege and the Commune, 1870-71
Paperback ISBN: 0141030631
From Alistair HorneÂ's grand trilogy on French historyÂ—two magisterial works now back in print In 1870, Paris was the center of Europe, the font of culture, fashion, and invention. Ten months later Paris had been broken by a long Prussian siege, its starving citizens reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats, and France had been forced to accept the humiliating surrender terms dictated by the Iron Chancellor Bismarck. To many, the fall of Paris seemed to be the fall of civilization itself. Alistair HorneÂ's history of the Siege and its aftermath is a tour de force of military and social history, rendered with the sweep and color of a great novel.
And There Was Light
Autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran Blind Hero of the French Resistance
Paperback ISBN: 0930407407
Selected as one of USA Today’s 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Century, this astonishing autobiography tells the gripping, heroic story of the early life of Jacques Lusseyran, an inspiring individual who overcame the limitations of physical blindness by attending — literally — to the light within his own mind. Through faith in the connection between vivid inner sight and outer events, he became a leader in the French Resistance and survived the horrors at Buchenwald.
Paperback ISBN: 0226424251
No story of World War II is more triumphant than the liberation of France, made famous in countless photos of Parisians waving American flags and kissing GIs as columns of troops paraded down the Champs Élysées. But one of the least-known stories from that era is also one of the ugliest chapters in the history of Jim Crow. In The Interpreter, celebrated author Alice Kaplan recovers this story both as eyewitnesses first saw it, and as it still haunts us today. The American Army executed 70 of its own soldiers between 1943 and 1946—almost all of them black, in an army that was overwhelmingly white. Through the French interpreter Louis Guilloux’s eyes, Kaplan narrates two different trials: one of a white officer, one of a black soldier, both accused of murder. Both were court-martialed in the same room, yet the outcomes could not have been more different. Kaplan’s insight into character and setting creates an indelible portrait of war, race relations, and the dangers of capital punishment. “A nuanced historical account that resonates with today’s controversies over race and capital punishment.” Publishers Weekly “American racism could become deadly for black soldiers on the front. The Interpreter reminds us of this sad component of a heroic chapter in American military history.” Los Angeles Times “With elegance and lucidity, Kaplan revisits these two trials and reveals an appallingly separate and unequal wartime U.S. military justice system.” Minneapolis Star Tribune “Kaplan has produced a compelling look at the racial disparities as they were played out…She explores both cases in considerable and vivid detail.” Sacramento Bee
Paris in the Age of Manet
Hardcover ISBN: 0060163186
An evocation of the people and events that made Paris during the Second Empire extraordinary discusses the furor over Manet's Olympia, Empress Eugenie's disastrous influence on Napoleon, Manet's portraits of Berthe Morisot, and more. National ad/promo.
Pages from the Goncourt Journals
Paperback ISBN: 159017190x
No evocation of Parisian life in the second half of the nineteenth century can match that found in the journals of the brothers Goncourt The brothers Edmond and Jules de Goncourt were born into a French aristocratic family. Together they formed one of the closest, most enduring, and fruitful of literary partnerships, collaborating together on novels, criticism, and plays, among other things. But the Goncourt brothers’ masterpiece was their journal, which is both the chronicle of an era and the book of a lifetime. Started in 1851, it was maintained religiously by the two of them until Jules’s demise in 1870, after which Edmond continued to make entries until his own death in 1896. The Goncourts visit slums, brothels, balls, dinners, and imperial receptions; they argue over art and politics, and trade merciless gossip, with and about Hugo, Baudelaire, Degas, Flaubert, Zola, Rodin, and many others. Edmond watches as Jules makes a slow and agonizing descent to death, and afterwards describes it in these pages in meticulous and heart-wrenching detail. A year later, he reports on the violent days of the Paris Commune with the keen eye of a journalist. The Goncourt journal is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century French literature, a work that in its richness of color, variety, and seemingly casual perfection bears comparison with the great paintings of their contemporaries, the Impressionists.
The Sun King's Garden
Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre and the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles
Hardcover ISBN: 1582346313
Presents an illustrated account of the creation of one of the world's most dazzling and extensive gardens, the gardens at the palace of Versailles, noting the unique four-decade friendship between Louis XIV, the creator of the garden, and Andre Le Ntre, the gardener.
A Chronicle of the French Revolution
Paperback ISBN: 0679726101
Explores the French Revolution in terms of the vitality and infatuation with technology that motivated French citizenry toward change and the conflicting, strained economics frustrating their visions for France