Newly updated history of the Eiffel Tower by a veteran international journalist, with photographs, bibliography, index. Chronicles the tower's design, construction and the historical context that made it a worldwide icon. "Interesting story, interestingly told," wrote The New York Times.
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One evening I took a random stroll on the Champ de Mars, not far from my home in Paris. After walking for a while, I found myself beneath the Eiffel Tower and glanced up. Above me the colossal, intricate, overarching tracery of crisscrossing girders soared more majestically than the columns of any gothic cathedral. Although I had looked at the tower countless times during my years as a Paris-based journalist, this time I really saw it. I was held, fascinated, awe-struck. I decided to find out more about this odd, captivating structure. I learned that the tower was not merely a fairground gimmick, but the all-but-inevitable outgrowth of an era, in some ways the epitome of an age. This age, the Belle Epoque, was the age that, with a remarkable sense of itself, created the Eiffel Tower. A synthesis of technology and mood, this bizarre construction was a compendium of engineering methods and materials developed during the first century of the Industrial Revolution. It was also, it seems to me, the most expressive statement of how one part of the human race felt about itself at a pivotal point in its history.About the Author:
Joseph Harriss has served as a TIME correspondent in Paris, Algiers and Brussels, a Reader's Digest staff writer covering Europe, and a foreign affairs columnist for The Dallas Morning News. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The American Spectator, Smithsonian Magazine, and many other publications. He lives in Paris.
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