Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and theExtraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It

Eiffel's Tower: The Thrilling Story Behind Paris's Beloved Monument and theExtraordinary World's Fair That Introduced It

by Jill Jonnes

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Overview

The story of the world-famous monument and the extraordinary world’s fair that introduced it, by the author of Conquering Gotham and Urban Forests

In this first general history of the Eiffel Tower in English, Jill Jonnes-acclaimed author of Conquering Gotham-offers an eye- opening look not only at the construction of one of the modern world's most iconic structures, but also the epochal event that surrounded its arrival as a wonder of the world. In this marvelously entertaining portrait of Belle Époque France, fear and loathing over Eiffel's brash design share the spotlight with the celebrities that made the 1889 Exposition Universelle an event to remember-including Buffalo Bill and his sharpshooter Annie Oakley, Thomas Edison, and artists Whistler, Gauguin, and van Gogh. Eiffel's Tower is a richly textured portrait of an era at the dawn of modernity, reveling in the limitless promise of the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143117292
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 469,274
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill Jonnes is the author of Eiffel's Tower, Urban Forests, Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising. She was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 We Meet Our Characters, Who Intend to Dazzle the World at the Paris Exposition 1

Chapter 2 Gustave Eiffel and "the Odious Column of Bolted Metal" 15

Chapter 3 Troubles on the Tower 41

Chapter 4 "The First Elevator of Its Kind" 65

Chapter 5 In Which the Artists Quarrel and the Tower Opens 85

Chapter 6 Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley Triumphant 121

Chapter 7 Gustave Eiffel Holds Court amid the Art Wars 151

Chapter 8 The Monarchs of the World Ascend the Republican Tower 183

Chapter 9 In Which Thomas Edison Hails the Eiffel Tower and Becomes an Italian Count 205

Chapter 10 Rosa Bonheur Meets Buffalo Bill 243

Chapter 11 Afterword 271

Acknowledgments 313

Notes 317

Index 341

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