Tamara Hovey Paris Underground

ISBN 13: 9780531059319

Paris Underground

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Photographs, prints, and text depict the construction of the Paris subway

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Grade 6-12-- Using primary-source materials, Hovey details the history of the Paris subway system from its inception to the present. The increasing industrialization of the city during the latter part of the 19th century clearly indicated the need for mass transportation; however, the scheduling of the Paris World Fair of 1900 provided the impetus for its implementation. Fulgence Bienvenue, the engineer who spearheaded the project, devoted 40 years to devising novel solutions to the myriad problems that threatened completion. The project's contributions to civil engineering were rivaled only by the archeological finds that were uncovered: artifacts dating from ancient Gaul as well as those from the era of the French Revolution. Although the book is profusely illustrated with black-and-white engravings and photographs, readers' only access to a map of the system is over a traveler's shoulder. Young Francophiles and train enthusiasts will be the book's main audience. --Nancy E. Curran, Decatur Public Schools, IL
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Hovey offers a comprehensive history of the Paris Metro, describing the factors that necessitated a subway; the politicking that preceeded the start of construction in 1895; the geologic and archeological structures (including the Catacombs and the base of the Bastille) that were uncovered; the role of the Metro during Nazi occupation; and latter-day improvements to the system. Reading her account might be compared to the very process of tunneling she describes. The dense text and plentiful, mostly historic photographs contain valuable and intriguing nuggets; sifting through them, however, is frequently a slow and laborious process. Unfortunately, all but avid Francophiles and transportation buffs are apt to grind to a halt. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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