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High Season is all about going places -- Nice in particular, the fading yet still reigning queen of France's Côte d'Azur. Through the microcosm of this one town, gifted with natural beauty and a near-perfect climate, we can see as if in time-lapse the impact of layers of tourism -- railroads, hotels, cars, casinos, airports, et al. -- and the consequent adaptations, innovations, and sacrifices that Nice's citizens and infrastructure must make in order to please and appease the unrelenting (and sometimes capricious) appetite of its default main industry.
Robert Kanigel writes with authority and brio, and his account of Nice's evolution from rocky outpost of the Roman Empire to modern mecca for sun and fun seekers provides a bright and highly readable history-by-association of the tourism industry as a whole. Furthermore, by generously excerpting a well-chosen variety of source materials -- grim Nazi war dispatches, giddy diaries, nearly forgotten novels, outdated guidebooks -- Kanigel vividly fleshes out this concept of "tourist," the blessing and curse not just of Nice but of all the world's other "tourist destinations" as well. Add to that, intelligent excursions into literary criticism and class politics, evocative illustrations, and just enough juicy gossip; and you'll agree that High Season deserves a place in your carry-on -- whatever your destination. (Janet Dudley)