Paris At The End Of The World: The City Of Light During The Great War, 1914-1918

Paperback | April 15, 2014

byJohn Baxter

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A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city’s history.

From 1914 through 1918 the terrifying sounds of World War I could be heard from inside the French capital. For four years, Paris lived under constant threat of destruction. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. It’s taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; the grandest museums and cathedrals housed the wounded, and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours relaying messages to and from the front.

At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition. Artists like Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter’s own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he used to reconstruct a soldier’s-eye view of the war years. A revelatory achievement, Paris at the End of the World shows how this extraordinary period was essential in forging the spirit of the city beloved today. 

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A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city’s history.From 1914 through 1918 the terrifying sounds of World War I could be heard from inside the French capital. For four years, Paris lived under constant threat of destruction. And yet in its darkest h...

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A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city's history. During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital; Germany's "Paris Gun" and enemy aviators routinely bombarded the city.And yet in its da...

John Baxter has lived in Paris for more than twenty years. He is the author of four acclaimed memoirs about his life in France:The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France;The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris;Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas; andWe'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 0.67 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006222140X

ISBN - 13:9780062221407

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“The most original and unexpectedly beguiling account of the Great War I have ever read. John Baxter is one of the master storytellers of our age ... A revelation, an adventure, a joy to read.”