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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Jonnes Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Reminiscent of Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, this fascinating account from acclaimed author Jill Jonnes recaptures the 1889 Paris World’s Fair. Casting vehement criticism aside, Gustave Eiffel built his tower to be the fair’s centerpiece. Perched at the top all summer, he hosted a string of dignitaries. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With splendid attention to detail…Jonnes, the author of Conquering Gotham and Empires of Light, takes a remarkable cast of characters and documents their respective experiences at the fair.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A remarkable feat of popular history…It’s hard to imagine a better account of all this than Jonnes’ book…This is a work of deep research and thorough organization, an account of crucial stage in the birth of European modernity that jogs along at the confident pace of a good novel. It shouldn’t be missed.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “A colorful cast of characters descended on Paris for the 1889 World’s Fair, and Jonnes offers an atmospheric overview of the celebrities who made Belle Époque Paris their stage during the memorable event…The fair’s undisputed main attraction, both at the fair and in Jonnes’ account, was the controversial wrought-iron tower of unprecedented height that, Jonnes says, appeals for both its technological genius and its ‘aerial playfulness and charm.’ It perfectly embodies ‘the triumph of the modern’ that Jonnes so well captures in her sprightly account.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Jonnes…captures the verve and personality of the Belle Époque as Paris struggled to show the world its glory…Jonnes details the iconic figures who added to the allure of the fair—James McNeill Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Thomas Edison, Annie Oakley, and Buffalo Bill—and the excitement and ambitions of the era.”

    Booklist

  • “[An] enjoyable history of one of the world’s greatest monuments and some significant surrounding figures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/18/2014

    " I had to finish it fast for class so I didn't get a lot out of the last 3rd, but I found it very interseting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John | 2/10/2014

    " Hard book to read - did not care for it, too disjointed "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 2/4/2014

    " I wanted to like this more than I did. Perhaps I am biased by Erik Larsen' s Devil in the White house City (about the Chicago World's Fair), but I feel this one barely scratched the surface of many fascinating aspects (as listed in the subtitle). Overall, pretty informative and a nice introduction to this particular World's Fair for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Cleaver | 1/24/2014

    " This is probably one of the best books I have read this year. I enjoyed reading about the building of the Eiffel Tower and the Paris World Fair that followed. This book tells of the fair and the famous people who visited the fair. I enjoyed reading about the Buffalo Bill wild west show and Annie Oakley's participation. It was also great learning more about Gustav Eiffel and Thomas Edison. Both men I think were just brilliant. The book is well written and a very quick read. "

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About the Author

Jill Jonnes is a historian and the author of Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World and South Bronx Rising: The Rise, Fall & Resurrection of an American City. She has also been an NEH scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation.