Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood Of 1910

Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood Of 1910

by Jeffrey H. Jackson
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Paris under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood Of 1910 by Jeffrey H. Jackson

In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris—the Seine—became a force of destruction in a matter of hours. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums, thrusting the City of Light into a battle with the elements. Given the Parisians' history of deep-seated social, religious, and political strife, many worried that they wouldn't be able to collaborate to confront the crisis. Yet while the sewers, Métro, and electricity failed around them, Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save the city and one another. Improvising techniques to keep Paris functioning and braving the dangers of collapsing infrastructure and looters, leaders and residents alike answered the call to action.

In breathtaking detail, Jeffrey Jackson captures here for the first time the epic story of the great flood. As the waters rise, so does the tension, but ultimately, the Parisians' love of their city leads them to triumph over nature against all odds.

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ISBN-13: 9780230617063
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey H. Jackson is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Environmental Studies program at Rhodes College in Memphis, and has worked in the Parisian archives for over ten years. He was recently honored as one of the top young historians in the US. Based on his first book Making Jazz French, he was a consultant for the documentary "Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story" on PBS. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

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