The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

by David McCullough
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Greater Journey 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 338 reviews.
Veuve_Cliquot More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was intriguing. I have always enjoyed well researched historical books and McCullough is a master. This period of history has always held a particular fascination for me, especially in the wonderful "city of light". His approach was insightful, and held my attention from the beginning. Reviews concerning price should be forwarded to the customer service or complaint dept. not here, where you are only speaking to empty air.
angeleyesAS More than 1 year ago
THE GREATER JOURNEY is WONDERFUL! Set in the 1800's, the transformation of Paris and the Americans who lived there and influenced music, art, literature, poetry, science, and acting. This book is an exciting, clever and intriguing glimpse into the more cultural side of American history and the meaningful role Paris life played in shaping our culture. The unequalled cultural delights that was Paris with its spectacular boulevards, and mystifying parks which decades later shaped New York City's Parks, energizes the essence of human spirit. Riveting! McCullough captured the essence of Paris in this unforgettable masterpiece!
Shooloo More than 1 year ago
Worth EVERY penny! A real page turner filled with incredible history that lets your imagination go wild
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing and thought-provoking book! Kudos to Mr. McCullough!!! Shame on all of you cheap people who gave this amazing book a one star because the price of the nook was high. That has NOTHING to do with this book and it's review. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! For those intelligent people who know how to appreciate a great read and know the value of their dollar will never be disappointed with this buy.
gblack More than 1 year ago
This is a must-read for history buffs. It is apparently constructed from the various letters and writings of the numerous Americans who traveled to Paris in the early 19th century (many of whom I did not know made that journey). It offers a great insight on their perspective of France, and their comparative perspective of the U.S. in the early 1800s. Their comparative views - France vs. U.S. - can offer a certain peace of mind to those who might fear that our culture has undergone radical changes that frighten them. It's very well-written, in a reasonable vocabulary, yet does not lack for description. It's not stilted, or conspicuously prejudiced - it's just a fascinating revelation of fact gleaned from real writings of real people. I bought the hardback. Ebook prices are obscene. When I bought my Nook, just a few months back, prices were almost half of what they are now. I've put the Nook away now, because the convenience of an Ebook reader is too costly. It makes no sense to pay the same price for a poorly edited electronic copy, when you can own the carefully edited hardback. But this review is about the book, not the Ebook price, and it's a 5-star read, for me.
GrandmaBabsy13 More than 1 year ago
Why do people who are interested in reading via NOOK give ANY book one star because of the cost of the e-book? The opportunity to "Rate & Review" books means that the readers are rating the content of the book NOT the price. To readers who want to purchase e-books and find the prices too high, which they are, find a more appropriate forum to express your opinions. Maybe if you go directly to Barnes and Noble customer service, your voices will be heard and the high prices of the e-books will come down. As for this book, I loved it. David McCullough NEVER disappoints. The book contains so much history that I never knew----a fascinating story.
JaxJV More than 1 year ago
This book opened my eyes to a period in history that was heretofore missing regarding Paris. Until David McCullough described the myriad of Americans that furthered their skills as Doctors, Artists, artisans and statesman, I was ignorant of what Paris meant to so many Americans. As he has done in his many Historical novels, his research and ability to express himself, manifests his genius Jack Vax Mt Pleasant, SC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another gem by one of our best writers.
TeechTX More than 1 year ago
I don't know when I have enjoyed a book of non-fiction more! The breadth and depth of David McCullough's erudition in The Greater Journey is, unlike so much writing about history, completely charming and engaging. He must have known that many of us would wish to revisit Paris after reading this; he kindly indicates when the names and numbers of addresses have changed in the course of Paris's history since mid-19th century! The book is very well organized so that in spite of a dizzying array of persons and events, one never feels lost or confused. The nook version includes the illustrative plates which show up vividly on my color nook. Though I'm ready to book my ticket, the irony is that McCollouch did not need to go to Paris to write his book. The letters and diaries of his Americans in Paris are almost all in American libraries. Quelle domage!
Vothic More than 1 year ago
I have read most of the author's other works and thoroughly enjoyed the, especially his biography of John Adams. When The Greater Journey first came out it did not sound too interesting to me based on the subject matter and I held off for a while. I ended up picking it up a couple weeks ago and have loved it. The book is so well written it is a pleasure to read even though the subject matter would not have been my fist choice. I would highly recommend the book to any reader, even if they normally do not read non-fiction/history. I bought the hard cover and the book itself is lovely. The front and back contain great black and white photos of Paris from the time period covered in the book. Additionally the pages themselves are thick and heavy which is something you don't see a lot of these days. On a side note, it is disappointing to see all the negative reviews offered by those who don't like the NOOK price. While I tend to agree with them to a point, it is unfair to the author to rate the content of his work based a price set by the publisher and/or Barnes and Noble.
Jane2121 More than 1 year ago
Seriously ... Nook folks, get off this page!! I've been anxious to pick this up and when I saw it was rated only three stars my heart sunk and I thought "how could it be? David McCullough is so fabulous ... how could he have failed with this amazing group of people?" But then I realized, the Nooks have muddied the reviews ... get off, get off, get off! I want an honest review - not your bloody whining about the price!!!!! Heading to B&N tomorrow for my hardcopy - not sure I'll ever join the ranks of Nook!
George Horesta More than 1 year ago
So please stop spamming with repetitive whines about the price. Get over it. Move on. (And rating a wonderfull book one star because of your issues with its price rather than its substance as a writtrn work is truely outrageous. Shame on all of you who did so.)
LoyalOpposer More than 1 year ago
The book, which I bought in hard back, is wonderful. I refused to buy it for the Nook (which I also own and enjoy) for two reasons. The first was cost. I agree with the other reviewers who term it highway robbery that the electronic version costs almost as much as the hard back version. Costco is selling the hard back version this week for $20.00, by the way. I'm headed over there to buy one for my friend's birthday. Second, the "real" book has some great photos in it. They just don't translate as well to the Nook. Wake up B&N. I love your stores AND the Nook but this is ridiculous. If Costco can sell the book for $20.00, I'm sure you can amend your cost for the electronic version too. Sign me A Loyal Fan who is also The Loyal Opposition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McCullough is a marvelous historian and his writing is clear, concise, and very readable.  I have read many of his books and enjoyed them all.  Up to this one. The theme of Americans arriving in Paris and being awed by the city, the art, the people, the language, architecture becomes repetitive after the first two sections.  Interspersed are asides that I wished had more detail (e.g, the June Revolution of 1832, 1848, the Franco Prussian War, the Paris Commune).  Of course, none of those events were the subject of the book.  However, there is just enough information to whet one's appetite but not satisfy it.  Therefore, they become a distraction to the theme of the book.  After reading through three set of Americans in Paris, I grew bored and moved on.
Pam Whitfield More than 1 year ago
If you thrive on beautiful things art music theater and knowledge you will not be able to put this book down
ARTIFEXICIS More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally engaging and enlightening book. David McCullough has probably created an American classic about a very critical piece of our history. If we only knew how much we owe France, over 100 years ago and perhaps further into the 21st century. After reading the original hardcover version last summer, the paperback version will now be my mini-backpack companion though the parks this summer. I hope it becomes an HBO docudrama, and a standard selection in U.S. high schools and colleges.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great insight about some of our famous artists! Makes me want to go to Paris more! Written like his other books, you have to love history!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great read for Francophiles. Anyone interested in a broad history of Americans in Europe's most glamorous city, or who want to live vicariously throigh the stories of others will definitely enjoy this one. Well written, well worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful! A wonderful read for anyone interested in how one city has had such a major impact on the United States. McCullough provides much more than a world history lesson as he weaves the events of France, Europe, and USA into a highly readable book. A must for anyone who dreams or lusts for Paris.
Karo37 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written, well researched; splendid use of correspondence and journals from that era. The insights McCullough brings to the players and the era plus the way he weave the stories together makes for a good read. Simply could not put the book down ~ having been to Paris helped but found it helpful to print out a map of the portions of Paris covered, particularly during the Franco/Prussian War chapter. I learned so much ~ particularly enjoyed the passages on John Singer Sargent, one of my favorite artists. But even if I had not been to Paris or been an art lover, the book would have been just as delightful and informing. Thanks B+N for making it available via NOOK.
DrewMAW More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for all! Well worth the extra cost of the EBook. I plan on re-reading presently. This book is well written and entertaining along with a great history lesson on the some of the most interesting Americans of the early 19th Century.
LinNC More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece by McCullough. His attention to detail and ability to offer just the right amount of description to paint a mental picture make the book interesting and informative. The stories behind many famous works of art led me to revisit those beautiful paintings. Well done!
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