Monday, July 4, 2011

THE GREATER JOURNEY-AMERICANS IN PARIS: BESTSELLER GIVEAWAY!

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THE GREATER JOURNEY
AMERICANS IN PARIS
BY DAVID McCULLOUGH
 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light. 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." Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne because of a burning desire to know more about everything. There 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, almost at the cost of his life. 

Two staunch friends, 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. 

Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans launched his spectacular career performing in Paris at age 15. George P. A. Healy, who had almost no money and little education, took the gamble of a lifetime and with no prospects whatsoever in Paris became one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the day. His subjects included Abraham Lincoln. 

Medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote home of his toil and the exhilaration in "being at the center of things" in what was then the medical capital of the world. From all they learned in Paris, Holmes and his fellow "medicals" were to exert lasting influence on the profession of medicine in the United States. 

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. Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco-Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris and even more atrocious nightmare of the Commune. His vivid account in his diary of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris (drawn on here for the first time) is one readers will never forget. The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the son of an immigrant shoemaker, and of painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, three of the greatest American artists ever, would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brilliant French masters, and by Paris itself. 

Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris. McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens's phrase, longed "to soar into the blue." The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” “a matchless writer.” He is twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, twice winner of the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. 

His books have been praised for their scholarship, their understanding of American life, their “vibrant prose,” and insight into individual character. Mr. McCullough’s most recent book, 1776, the number one New York Times national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, has been called, “brilliant…powerful,” “a classic,” while Mr. McCullough’s previous work, John Adams, remains one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read American biographies of all time. It is presently in its 82nd printing. 

In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, “As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breathe, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character.”

Mr. McCullough’s other books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path Between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, Brave Companions, and Truman. His work has been published in ten languages and, in all, more than 9,000,000 copies of his books are in print. As may be said of few writers, none of his books has ever been out of print.

David McCullough is as well twice winner of the prestigious Francis Parkman Prize, and for his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award and the National Humanities Medal. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has received more than forty honorary degrees.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television—as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit.

John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO, produced by Tom Hanks and starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney, was one of the most acclaimed and talked about television events of 2008. 

A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. He is an avid reader, traveler, and has enjoyed a lifelong interest in art and architecture. He is as well a devoted painter. Mr. McCullough and his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough have five children and eighteen grandchildren.
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135 comments:

Tea said...

I would love to read this book. I enjoyed 1776 by McCullough so much. It's hard to pick only one interesting fact from what is written on the other page. I never knew Paris, at that time, was the medical center of the world. Didn't know Harriet Beecher Stowe went there to get away from the "maddening crowd." I am aware of famous American blacks going to Paris for a much greater feeling of freedom. For example, there is James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, etc. Didn't know Morse liked to paint too.

I'm in Paris at the moment. Reading Murder On The Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner. Mystery is not great. The setting is fantastic. I really feel like it's 1900, and I'm in Paris.

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P.T. Barnum brought Tom Thumb to Paris. Eiffel Tower opened March 31, 1889.

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I did not realize that Paris had such influence on so many of our great people. I would love to know more.

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Listener said...

I've loved McCullough's other books, particularly John Adams. I had no idea that Cooper and Morse were friends. I'd love to know more about turn-of-the-century Paris.

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dogwood said...

My daughter is itching to go to Paris. I would love to share this book and the stories of how the city influenced so many of these lives.

Carol N Wong said...

I would love to read this book. I want to know more of the story of Americans who went to Paris in the 19the Century and ended up changing America because of it. As David McCullough says, 'History is so much more than just politicans and soldiers". This should be a very fascinating book.


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I love the timeline of the connections between the Americans and the French on the site. I would like to know more about Mary Cassatt's journey to Paris since she is one of my favorite painters.


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Beachreader said...

I met David McCullough several years ago at a History teacher's conference in Boston. He was the keynote speaker. He is a very kind man and appericaies taechers - his son is a teacher.

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I wonder if this book will give him a 3rd Pulitzer?

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The phrase "not all Americans went West" grabbd me. I love reading about biographies. This one sounds intriguing.

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McCullough is such a great writer; he makes history interesting to read. I didn't realize so many of the people he mentioned, like Samuel Morse, went to France to study or live.
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