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Books on the history of Paris?

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Books on the history of Paris?

Can anyone recommend really good books (in English, please) on the history of Paris that I could get online through someplace like Amazon? Thanks!

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1. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

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2. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

Couple - I purchased a great little book Paris Then and Now which shows various sites in Paris as they were many years ago and as they are now. It's written by Peter & Oriel Caine who also offer walking tours. It was very interesting reading and then actually seeing the various sites during out visit.

Not sure if it's available on line.

Here is the link to the walking tours website. We didn't (regrettably) go on one of these tours, but they get high praise.



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3. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

I enjoyed the Alistain Horne book very much. Also have a look at Graham Robb's Discovery of France. If you're interested in Paris during the Occupation, Charles Glass's Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation is wonderful and reads like a thriller.

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4. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

I recommend "Paris, Biography of a City" by Colin Jones.

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5. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

You could also try


An Adventure History of Paris by,

Graham Robb

It is a compilation of stories about Paris from the 1750's to the present

Paris After the Liberation 1944-1949: Revised Edition by

Antony Beevor and Artemis Cooper

Goes on a bit about how awful the communists were and glosses over their contribution to the resistance but overall no a bad read

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6. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

I second Rumples recommendation of the Colin Jones book, although it may be too detailed for some. I found it fascinating, very well written, and it made me want to learn more about French history in general. There is a recently published book that I read a review of and ordered on Amazon, but for some reason, they have been unable to get it in stock (I just got an email today asking me to confirm whether I still wanted it, since they still are unable to confirm when it might be available). Anyway, it is The Invention of Paris: A History Told in Footsteps by Eric Hazan. The Seven Ages of Paris is good also.

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7. Re: Books on the history of Paris?

I've enjoyed Paris - The Secret History by Andrew Hussey and also, as others have mentioned, the Alistair Horne book.

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