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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David McCullough Narrator: David McCullough, Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough—the inspiring, enthralling story of the American painters, writers, sculptors, and doctors who journeyed to Paris between 1830 and 1900.


A Special Audio Presentation of Unabridged Selections

Personally Chosen by David McCullough

The Greater Journey
is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous
American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in
the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work. Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture. None had any guarantee of success. That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history. As David McCullough writes, “Not all pioneers went west.”

Writer Emma Willard, who founded the first women’s college in America, was one of the intrepid bunch.
Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne where he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S. Senate. James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece. From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all “discovering” Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city’s boulevards and gardens. “At last I have come into a dreamland,” wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom’s Cabin had brought her. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and painter George Healy would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brillant French masters, and by Paris itself.

For this special audio presentation, McCullough has chosen a selection of portraits, excerpted in their
entirety, that bring us into the lives of these remarkable men and women. A sweeping, fascinating story
told with power and intimacy, The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece. 

 
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Quotes & Awards

  • “An epic of ideas as well as an exhilarating book of spells…this is history to be savored rather than sprinted through, like a Parisian meal.”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “A lively and entertaining panorama…By the time he shows us the triumphant Exposition Universelle in 1889, witnessed through the eyes of such characters as painters John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri, we share McCullough's enthusiasm for the city and his affection for the many Americans who improved their lives, their talent and their nation by drinking at the fountain that was Paris.”

    Washington Post

  • “From a dazzling beginning that captures the thrill of arriving in Paris in 1830 to the dawn of the 20th century, McCullough chronicles the generations that came, saw and were conquered by Paris…The Greater Journey will satisfy McCullough's legion of loyal fans…it will entice a whole new generation of Francophiles, armchair travelers and those Americans lucky enough to go to Paris before they die.”

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development…Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail.”

    Chicago Sun-Times 

  • “McCullough’s skill as a storyteller is on full display…The idea of telling the story of the French cultural contribution to America through the eyes of a generation of aspiring artists, writers, and doctors is inspired…a compelling and largely untold story in American history.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marian Ferguson | 2/11/2014

    " A joy to read, somehow lacking in thematic unity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharolyn Griffith | 2/7/2014

    " McCullough write history more like a novel. I learned so much about Americans going to France, and was especially moved by the story of Augustus St. Gaudens. I do think he could have focused more on some of the women, but he did well with Mary Cassat, and I enjoyed the book greatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Glenn Bell | 2/1/2014

    " I like McCullough. Makes history fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kay | 1/14/2014

    " I love the time period and what I learned about the various artists and writers. What a time that must have been and what a sacrifice families made to keep them in Paris, not to mention the risk it took to even get there. Trouble is, there was so much information, each Chapter could have been a book. I was overwhelmed. "

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