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I would have enjoyed learning more about the Eiffel Tower and the Paris Worlds Fair, but became far too frustrated with the abrupt changes of topic.

I would have enjoyed learning more about the Eiffel Tower and the Paris Worlds Fair, but became far too frustrated with the abrupt changes of topic.

With the 1889 World's Fair fast approaching, the French wanted a grand monument built to represent the greatness of their republic.

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. With the 1889 World's Fair fast approaching, the French wanted a grand monument built to represent the greatness of their republic.

The Eiffel Tower and the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.

As Eiffel held court that summer atop his one-thousand-foot tower, a remarkable host of artists and o Bill, Annie Oakley, Gauguin, Whistler, and Edison-traveled to Paris and the Exposition Universelle to mingle and make their mark. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. The Eiffel Tower and the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.

Eiffel, Gustave, - 1832-1923, Tour Eiffel (Paris, France).

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Fictional Characters Actors & Actresses Music artists Authors Directors. Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, theArtists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count. View all Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, theArtists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count lists. Manufacturer: Viking Adult Release date: 30 April 2009 ISBN-10 : 0670020605 ISBN-13: 9780670020607.

The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary worlds fair that introduced itSince it opened in May 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been an iconic image of modern timesas much a beacon of technological progress as an enduring symbol of Paris and French culture

The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary worlds fair that introduced itSince it opened in May 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been an iconic image of modern timesas much a beacon of technological progress as an enduring symbol of Paris and French culture.

Two books on the Eiffel Tower, the World’s Fair and the making and remaking of France’s cultural . Ever since its appearance on the Parisian skyline in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has drawn criticism and praise aplenty

Two books on the Eiffel Tower, the World’s Fair and the making and remaking of France’s cultural landscape. Ever since its appearance on the Parisian skyline in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has drawn criticism and praise aplenty. Among its earliest detractors, Guy de Maupassant saw the tower as an affront to his nation’s proud cultural heritage and dined regularly in its restaurant because that was the one spot in Paris from which he didn’t have to look upon this giant and disgraceful skeleton. Otherwise, he complained, you see it from everywhere. an unavoidable and horrid nightmare.

a b Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count, by Jill Jonnes, 2009. Albany Evening Times, July 5th, 1889 on Fulton history. Catalogue of the celebrated Collection of Paintings, by Modern and Old Masters, and of Water-Colours and Drawings, formed by M. E. Secretan, sold at Sedelmeyer's Galleries, Paris, July, 1889. Catalogue de tableaux anciens et modernes, aquarelles et dessins et objets d'art formant la célèbre collection . Secrétan, by Albert Wolff, 1889.

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But as engineer Gustave Eiffel built the now-famous landmark to be the spectacular centrepiece of the 1889 World's Fair, he stirred up a storm of vitriol from Parisian tastemakers, law-suits and predictions of a certain structural calamity. Read full description. See details and exclusions. See all 13 brand new listings.

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Vudojar
During the restoration of the Statue of Liberty some years ago, I supervised several museum projects relating to its history and construction, which attracted me to the life and work of the famous French engineer, Gustave Eiffel. Everyone knows that his company designed and built the Eiffel Tower, but few know that they were also responsible for the internal support structure of America's most famous symbol. The builder of a number of remarkable railroad viaducts including the magnificent Garabit bridge, Eiffel immortalized himself with the unprecedented construction of the 300 meter tower, known to all the world as the Effel Tower.

So, when any books appear on the market relating to Eiffel, I feel compelled to have it. Such was true when I came across Jill Jonnes' newest publication, "Eiffel's Tower," I bought it. And from the day it arrived as I perused the first few pages, I found it utterly irresistible. Confronted with the life of a very complex personality and a long list of masterful achievements as is the case with Eiffel, Jonnes sensibly keeps her focus on the building of the tower as the centerpiece of the 1889 Paris Exposition, but sets it in the context of the many other fascinating individuals whose lives and activities--at least for a time--revolved around the tower. As the tower gradually rises to the heavens in the face of mounting controversy and public criticism, it serves as a backdrop to a veritable who's who of characters, including Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, Thomas Alva Edison, Rosa Bonheur, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, and James McNeill Whistler, whose various adventures are played out in its ever-extending shadow.

Jonnes' well-researched account does not ignore the engineering aspects of the Tower's construction, such as the frustrating problems with the installation of the elevator system, but she knows the right moment to pull away and pick up on any one of the several story-lines that gradually evolve throughout the book. As history, it has the taste and feel of really good fiction. But don't expect a dry historical kind of ending, which in so many cases, merely . . . .ends. "Eiffel's Tower" concludes in triumph and tragedy with the completion of the tower to world-wide praise and recognition on all sides (well, almost), followed by the Panama Canal disaster which fell heavily on the shoulders of Eiffel. Highly recommended.
Thetath
This is a charming book. The Eiffel Tower in all its context.

The tower was an engineering marvel, but it was created to be the big focus of a world exposition in Paris in 1889. So Ms. Jonnes tells us the story of that fair, too. It stars the plainspoken Buffalo Bill Cody and Annie Oakley and their troupe of genuine native Americans. There was also an artists’ exposition. So Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh have important roles, together with Theo Van Gogh, who largely supported both of them. Fellow painter James Whistler was a crazy, arrogant Paris-based American.

James Gordon Bennett was a very flashy newspaper magnate who started a Parisian edition of his New York Herald. The top brass at the Otis Elevator Company have starring roles as well. Thomas Edison’s new phonograph was a major hit at the fair, and the fair was a major step forward in his own success.

These threads are all handled masterfully. Various readers might prefer more of this and less of that. I could have done with more on the finances of the tower and the fair (there’s a long shot if there ever was one); also a soupcon more as to the actual construction. But you certainly get a better idea of the construction than Ambrose gives you in his book about the railroad (but less than Ed Berenson gives you in his fine book about the Statue of Liberty).

You’ll probably want to read more about Annie Oakley after this. What a wonderful person. She grew up in Ohio, nothing to do with the wild west. She was just a crack shot. Her ability was highly regarded among the upper classes of the day, and went a long way toward winning Paris over to the whole Wild West show and the fair in general. Cody made gobs of money with his show (which toured all over Europe and America), but blew it all in real estate ventures out west. A true entrepreneur and idealist.
Keel
I loved this book because I learned so many interesting things in it. Although it is ostensibly about the building of the Eiffel Tower, which is why I bought it, I cannot imagine reading so much about Buffalo Bill or Annie Oakley under any other circumstances.

The reason I gave the book four stars instead of five is because the author tries to cover so much ground that there are long swaths of narrative that have nothing to do with the Eiffel Tower. In fact, I'm sure that is why the title is so unwieldly-- nobody could quite figure out what would best describe the contents. I'm not sure how the book would have turned out if she had written just about the Eiffel Tower. Maybe not as interesting.

The esthetics of the Eiffel Tower and Buffalo Bill/Annie Oakley are so wildly divergent that one experiences a feeling of whiplash. But it's a good read if you're interested in the artists, writers, politics and manners of the day.

Having said all that, I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to read a good, true yarn about things that happened not all that long ago. My father was born just six years after the tower was completed.
Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count download epub
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Author: Jill Jonnes
ISBN: 1440716153
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC (2009)