From the back of the book: “Since it first opened in May 1889, the Eiffel Tower has been an iconic image of modern times-not only as an enduring symbol of Paris and of French culture but as a herald of the Machine Age. In this splendid work of history, acclaimed author Jill Jonnes reveals the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the monument’s unveiling.
From the Parisian tastemakers who fought Eiffel’s brash design to the parade of luminaries-Buffalo Bill, Thomas Edison, Gauguin, and Whistler-who attended the World’s Fair over which the majestic tower loomed, Jonnes’s colorful narrative captures the excitement and promise of Belle Epoque France. Eiffel’s Tower is a richly textured portrait of a visionary, of an architectural icon, and of an era at the dawn of modernity.”
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