The Tallest Tower: Eiffel and the Belle Epoque

The Tallest Tower: Eiffel and the Belle Epoque

by Joseph Harriss
     
 

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For more than a century, the world's most famous landmark has been scorned, exalted, analyzed, and even threatened by terrorists. This book chronicles the full story of the Eiffel Tower and its master builder.

The Paris Universal Exposition of 1889 celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution. Eiffel's thousand-foot tower was its centerpiece, the

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For more than a century, the world's most famous landmark has been scorned, exalted, analyzed, and even threatened by terrorists. This book chronicles the full story of the Eiffel Tower and its master builder.

The Paris Universal Exposition of 1889 celebrated the centennial of the French Revolution. Eiffel's thousand-foot tower was its centerpiece, the tallest structure ever made by man. Some protested this "metal monster" in Paris, but the world praised an unprecedented technological feat.
Richly illustrated with historical photos, the updated 2004 edition gives a fascinating and informative look at the tower, the genius of its engineer, and the rich socio-economic context that made it the icon of an age.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"Written with wit and charm."
The New York Times
"An interesting story interestingly told."
Publishers Weekly - Book Reviewer
“Pleasant, thorough book . . . the Eiffel Tower emerges as a vibrant flagstaff to freedom, a scientific testing ground, a gigantic frivolity and a surprising aesthetic triumph.”
The New Yorker - Janet Flanner
“Fascinating and highly instructive . . . a book not to miss.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895267641
Publisher:
Regnery Publishing, Incorporated, An Eagle Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/13/1990
Pages:
257

Meet the Author

A career American foreign correspondent, Joseph Harriss studied French and international relations at the Sorbonne and the Institut d’Études Politiques before joining the Paris bureau of TIME. Besides covering French affairs from politics and economics to couture and cuisine, he also reported from Algiers and Brussels. He later covered Western Europe as a roving correspondent for the European bureau of Reader’s Digest in Paris. His articles and columns have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, such as The Dallas Morning News and Smithsonian. He is now the Paris correspondent of The American Spectator magazine.

Harriss is also the author of AN AMERICAN SPECTATOR IN PARIS (Unlimited Publishing LLC, 2012) covering current social, political and economic turmoil in France and Europe... and its impact on America and the rest of the world. Look for it in paperback and affordable e-Book editions today!

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