Walks Through Napoleon And Josephine's Paris by Diana Reid HaigWalks Through Napoleon And Josephine's Paris by Diana Reid Haig

Walks Through Napoleon And Josephine's Paris

byDiana Reid Haig

Hardcover | November 30, 2003

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Four walks through Paris trace Napoleon and Josephine's courtship, Napoleon's student days at the École Militaire, the coronation and reign, and, finally, the path that Napoleon's funeral cortège took nearly twenty years after his death. Readers visit the prison where Josephine was held during the Terror, the site of the house where Napoleon plotted the coup d'état, restaurants where the couple dined, and the jewelers Napoleon commissioned to make the dazzling royal crowns, timepieces, and swords; itineraries for Malmaison and Fontainebleau are also included. This pocketable guide evokes a panoramic sweep of French history and describes the public grandeur as well as the daily intimacy of Napoleon and Josephine's lives.

Diana Reid Haig is an award-winning songwriter, annotator, and audio producer. She has produced, annotated, or engineered almost 100 compilations, DVD-As, or SACDs for Motown, NBC, Universal, SONY, Warner Bros., and others.
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Title:Walks Through Napoleon And Josephine's ParisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:146 pages, 5.26 × 7.31 × 0.72 inPublished:November 30, 2003Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1892145251

ISBN - 13:9781892145253

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute jewel of a Book.... Walks Through Napoleon and Josephine's Paris, by Diana Reid Haig Its role: Tour guide, historian, treasure hunt-companion, fact finder, compass, information guide, miniature museum/art gallery, notebook and directory, storyteller – Indispensable take- along art and history tutorial in compact form. Diana Reid Haig’s, Walks Through Napoleon and Josephine’s Paris, is a gem and an absolute can’t-do-without if you are in Paris and completely ‘enchanted by Josephine’ (couldn’t resist that!). This precious book is meticulously researched and filled with interesting facts about the illustrious couple and where they visited, lived, hung-out... The history is impeccable and the stops on this walk are like finding a treasure. Inside this tiny book of wonders (it fit perfectly in my small purse, by the way), there are maps, guided tours, stops of interest and historical tid-bits and facts about the royal couple. The tours contain sites that start from before the two even knew each other. Remember my post on The Procope- well, I originally read about the place in this heart throb of a book. (And then actually stumbled upon it…I guess some things are just meant to be:) Not only is this a quick and most interesting read, this book is extremely easy to navigate and find what you're looking for while learning so much! Seriously, I don’t think I would have gotten to see as much as I did without this excellent little companion. What a fantastic idea for lovers of history touring Paris! Actually, this is great for anyone touring Paris (I know that my teen for one, would have gotten so much more out of her trip to Europe having had this book to make museum trotting in France way more memorable than it was with her school... For sure!) (Note to self: Offer this to my niece on her graduation trip to France) Sidetrack- Sorry! Diana Reid Haig is a fantastic author-historian. Prior to actually reading this book, I had no particular expectations except to think; what a pretty book on a subject I love! At first glance it may have seemed like a wonderful sweet addition to my Josephine books and collection. To my delight, I was more than surprised by the wealth of information this book contained! It was like feasting on high end gourmet delicacies for history buffs. Absolutely irresistible! And although it was literally impossible for me to do all the stops and tours listed in detail (since I was only there a week)- I did get to see so much- way more than I intended! And did I mention the beautiful artwork? I loved the historical paintings in it! I tell you this jewel really has it all. History, facts, art and so much more...no wonder it was proudly displayed as one of their best sellers in both Versailles and Malmaison (and I, was so proud to nonchalantly carry it around with me throughout Paris;) For all Josephine and Napoleon aficionados traveling to France- This book is a Must!!
Date published: 2012-05-29

Editorial Reviews

"In reality, we may not be able to go back in time and be one with Napoleon and Josephine in the Paris they knew; but in Diana Reid Haig’s book Walks Through Napoleon & Josephine’s Paris we can certainly feel like we are. After being published in 2004, the book quickly hit WHSmith’s Top Ten list in Paris – and it is easy to see why. For starters, the book is attractive – so attractive that when you finally embark on one of its walks, you may be tempted to leave it on your coffee table at home. But make no mistake, this book is meant to be used. The entire point of the book is to have readers out and about in Paris – visiting the exact sites that were of great importance to Napoleon and Josephine. There are four different walks around Paris that readers can follow. For the more ambitious there are also two daytrips outside Paris included. Fortunately Haig does everything in her power to make these walks (and daytrips) completely stress-free for those who don’t know Paris. Not only does she lay out maps at the beginning of each walk, she also tells you which direction to walk, which Metro to take, and when to turn. Furthermore, the book measures only 7.25 inches by 5.25 inches. Thus, it is small enough to put in your backpack or purse without a problem. It even comes with a built-in ribbon bookmark so you never have to worry about losing your place while on a walk. The best thing about Walks Through Napoleon & Josephine’s Paris is that it allows you to see the Paris of today and yesterday, simultaneously. Not only can you visit some of the same shops and restaurants that the Emperor and Empress used to frequent, but you will also find yourself being sidetracked (time and time again) by other historical sites and famous places of today that you will inevitably pass along the way. In a word, the book is ‘priceless’ for those who have always wanted to learn about Napoleon and Josephine but have been too busy, too bored by the idea, or too ADHD to actually take the time to do it. Walks Through Napoleon & Josephine’s Paris is a must-have for all who love Paris." --Bonjour Paris