The Greater Journey, written by David McCullough, masterfully details the the lives of various American men and women who were greatly influenced by Paris. McCullough takes the reader from about 1830 until around 1910. During this time there were wars, advances in medical technology, the building of the Eiffel Tower, the World’s fair, many affluent painters studying, and a vibrant theater & arts life. David is a wonderful historian and fluent storyteller. He makes history come alive for those who have no background in the subject.
After reading this story, I have a greater appreciation for France, a desire to visit Paris, a profound respect for artists and painters, and a better insight into great works of art. I was especially delighted to find out more about Augustus St. Gaudens. I have one 1910-D ounce of Gold – the beautiful Double Eagle. I can see now why this coin is considered one of the most beautiful coins ever designed.
The only thing that I felt was missing from the entire account was the musical aspect of Paris. Other than that, David McCullough is my favorite historian.
I can’t wait to go to France!