The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

The Greater Journey Americans in Paris is a Books Dear Goodreads Community This is not easy for me to do and I am sorry to have to do this in this forum I realize it is a bit cowardly and beg your u

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris is a Books Dear Goodreads Community:This is not easy for me to do and I am sorry to have to do this in this forum. I realize it is a bit cowardly and beg your understanding but you need to know it is not you, it’s me—well, maybe it is you. Yes, over the last four years we’ve had some good times and I will cherish those books you’ve recommended through your insightful reviews and ratings. Those were wonderful times and I trusted you then. However, over the past year or so, it seems more and more that you’ve taken that trust and mocked me, and dare I say, wasted my time?—the ultimate slap in the face in the book reading world.You are not entirely to blame. Sometimes relationships just drift apart. People become interested in different things as they grow and perspectives change. I’ve grown tired of being a contrarian in this relationship and feel that it is time for me to step back and re-evaluate your opinions. What? You want me to give you examples? Do I really have to tell you? This is so like you—wanting me to spell everything out for you. Okay, take this book for example. I list David McCullough as one of my favorites and you have generally supported my viewpoint regarding him with your ratings. For this book, 87% of you gave it 4 or 5 stars. Slam dunk decision to read it is what you’re basically telling me. Disappointingly, through my reading of this based upon your recommendation, you have embarrassed me in public as I found the book to be a see-saw read of good chapters and ho-hum chapters about various people. Most of the time I did not care about these people at all (and I’m a history lover). I was not drawn in to these lives nor did you warn me about vicissitudes of the chapters. Still, I did trudge through it and as you can see, I did give it two stars meaning it was “OK” but based upon your ratings I was expecting so much more. Relationships are about being there for each other and I didn’t feel as though you were in this case.Another example wasThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Eighty percent gave this 4 or 5 stars but yet again, I did not understand the inordinate praise that was heaped upon this book. From my review of that book, ”I was moved by the tragic story of Henrietta's life. She deserved much better. However, the story seemed to drone on about the life of her descendants to the point I didn't care about them anymore. They began to annoy me with their antics to the point that the sympathy I originally had for them disappeared. I understand their socio- and economic background and understand their plight but as Henrietta's daughter said, ‘times were different back then’ and nothing was done intentionally to defraud or short-change the family. “ So that was my take and I could not see the love that everyone had for this one either.These are just two examples and I could go on but I think you get the point.Don’t get me wrong, we can move forward and maintain a relationship as there is still more than a soupcon of trust between us but it will take work to build that back up over time. Oh, we’ll still continue to see each other just as much and that’s why I’m hoping we can still be cordial and friendly but I need some time and space until I see that our ratings dovetail more closely. Don’t hate me. . .Still Friends,Grumpus. The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greatThe Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.After risking the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light Most had never left home, never experienced a different culture None had any guarantee of success That they achieved so much for themselves and their country profoundly altered American history As David McCullough writes, Not all pioneers went west Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band Another was Charles Sumner, who enrolled at the Sorbonne because of a burning desire to know about everything There he saw black students with the same ambition he had, and when he returned home, he would become the most powerful, unyielding voice for abolition in the U.S Senate, almost at the cost of his life Two staunch friends, James Feni Cooper and Samuel F B Morse, worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Cooper writing and Morse painting what would be his masterpiece From something he saw in France, Morse would also bring home his momentous idea for the telegraph Pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk from New Orleans launched his spectacular career performing in Paris at age 15 George P A Healy, who had almost no money and little education, took the gamble of a lifetime and with no prospects whatsoever in Paris became one of the most celebrated portrait painters of the day His subjects included Abraham Lincoln Medical student Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote home of his toil and the exhilaration in being at the center of things in what was then the medical capital of the world From all they learned in Paris, Holmes and his fellow medicals were to exert lasting influence on the profession of medicine in the United States Writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and Henry James were all discovering Paris, marveling at the treasures in the Louvre, or out with the Sunday throngs strolling the city s boulevards and gardens At last I have come into a dreamland, wrote Harriet Beecher Stowe, seeking escape from the notoriety Uncle Tom s Cabin had brought her Almost forgotten today, the heroic American ambassador Elihu Washburne bravely remained at his post through the Franco Prussian War, the long Siege of Paris and even atrocious nightmare of the Commune His vivid account in his diary of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris drawn on here for the first time is one readers will never forget The genius of sculptor Augustus Saint Gaudens, the son of an immigrant shoemaker, and of painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, three of the greatest American artists ever, would flourish in Paris, inspired by the examples of brilliant French masters, and by Paris itself Nearly all of these Americans, whatever their troubles learning French, their spells of homesickness, and their suffering in the raw cold winters by the Seine, spent many of the happiest days and nights of their lives in Paris McCullough tells this sweeping, fascinating story with power and intimacy, bringing us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint Gaudens s phrase, longed to soar into the blue The Greater Journey is itself a masterpiece.. 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The Greater Journey Americans in Paris McCullough, David The Greater Journey is a sweeping history of Paris in the th century, yet it is also the story of many Americans who came there first to learn and eventually to give over in return For them it was truly the greater journey, but it is also for us too, a journey through history, through art, through medicine,and through the passion of the human soul. The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by David McCullough The Greater Journey is an inspiring narrative of the prominent Americans who traveled to Paris from the early s to the end of the th century It The Greater Journey Book by David McCullough Official In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between and , hungry to learn and to excel in their work What they achieved would profoundly alter American history. The Greater Journey Ron Hoesterey The Greater Journey Latest Dispatches from the Greater Journey The Two Biggest Thieves in your Life The two biggest thieves of your life are the The Greater Journey Americans in Paris But The Greater Journey is still a quintessentially American history Between and , hundreds of Americans many of them future household names like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Samuel Morse, and Harriet Beecher Stowe migrated to Paris. The Greater Journey Americans in Paris by David May , In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells the enthralling, inspiring and until now, untold story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between and , hungry to learn and to excel in their work What they achieved would profoundly alter American history.

  1. David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback His other widely praised books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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  1. Dear Community This is not easy for me to do and I am sorry to have to do this in this forum I realize it is a bit cowardly and beg your understanding but you need to know it is not you, it s me well, maybe it is you Yes, over the last four years we ve had some good times and I will cherish those books you ve recommended through your insightful reviews and ratings Those were wonderful times and I trusted you then However, over the past year or so, it seems and that you ve taken that trust and [...]



  2. This book made me wish I could travel back in time to Paris in the 1830s The collection of artists and writers there was remarkable.In The Greater Journey, David McCullough tells stories of a varied group of Americans who went to Paris in the 19th century, and then returned home with new ideas, new art, new writings and even new inventions The group included James Feni Cooper, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Twain, Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Mar [...]


  3. I wasn t sure how much I would like this even though I know I like the way David McCullough and his team put together books I was hesitant because the book focuses on many different individuals, all Americans residing in Paris from the late 1820s through 1900 Would I get adequate depth about each The answer Many individuals are mentioned and yet I was interested in so many because of the fascinating information provided I did not get complete biographies of any, but the book does focus in depth [...]


  4. We went to see McCullough launch this latest offering He s 78 now but still looks and sounds like God With apologies to Morgan Freeman and Alanis Morissette, who some people also think look like God He spoke without a note for over an hour with only a rare misspeak, telling the wonderful stories that he unearthed about 19th Century Americans in Paris Context I was always a reader, but McCullough s Path Between the Seas is one of the handful of books that turned me into an addict And, I count McC [...]


  5. This review appeared in the Carbondale Nightlife, February 28 March 6, 2013, p 14 David McCullough became a household name in the most unlikely way He wrote a biography of John Adams, who was tedious on his best day Somehow the little guy came to life in McCullough s prose But there s a back story McCullough s great secret He s not a history professor he s a writer He has nothing beyond a Bachelor s degree, and that s in literature albeit from Yale, where he studied with Thornton Wilder, Robert [...]


  6. Ever since I picked up John Adams, I have been an avid fan of David McCullough His biography of Harry Truman is perhaps the best one I ve ever read McCullough has a knack for taking people or things that perhaps have escaped the popular limelight such as the Panama Canal or the Brooklyn Bridge and writes a completely captivating history of them You do not simply read a McCullough book, you experience it.When I first heard that McCullough was penning a new work focusing on the impact that Parisia [...]


  7. I can see how, in all the wild Sturm und Drang of this modern world, you just might get in the mood for a couple of peaceful evenings in the parlor listening to a softly ticking clock and a mild, grandfatherly type person amble gently through his stock of anecdotes And if you happen to like your anecdotes very gentle and discursive indeed, and you ve a yen to untangle bits about some pretty interesting Americans in Paris between 1830 and 1900 from the anecdote skein, then this is the book for yo [...]


  8. This was the first book I read after returning from a trip to France, and it was a perfect choice Not only did I enjoy revisiting various Parisian sites in my mind s eye, I was also fascinated to see the city through the eyes of other Americans Nineteenth century Americans at that Told in McCullough s engaging style, this book explores the voyages of various influential Americans to Paris between the 1830s and 1900 I was struck by the unique and changing relationship between the two countries du [...]


  9. This is the story of Americans who traveled to Paris during the seven final decades of the 19th century It s a history of the young years of individuals who ended up being famous and important Americans in their later mature years Generally speaking, many of them were single, affluent individuals mostly men in their 20 s intent on learning the artistic, scientific, and medical skills of the French who were perceived to be leaders in these fields.I too spent some time traveling in Europe when I w [...]


  10. I LOVE David McCullough as a matter of fact, I ran out, bought this book, and read it just because it had his name on it However, The Greater Journey is not John Adams, Truman, or Mornings on Horseback While McCullough excels at writing investigating the life of a man facing extraordinary circumstances the topic of all three above books listed , he falters at writing about many men and women being influenced by Paris The first third of the book is choppy, confusing, and riddled with short passag [...]



  11. McCullough s work is always excellent, though I would argue the author is at his best when he focuses on one person rather than a plethora of figures, which is the reason I deducted a star.Just as its subtitle says, The Greater Journey recounts the stories of many famous Americans who went to Paris Whether to learn, travel, absorb culture, or hone skills, all of these now impressive voyagers have interesting tales of their own McCullough breathes great life into each of these people, and also fr [...]


  12. This is the second David McCullough work that I ve read and I must admit I ve had the same basic reaction to both extremely well researched, highly informative, wonderfully interesting Yet this journey was a bit of a slog not a book to be run through in a few days like some light mystery This work deals with Americans who traveled to Paris during the 19th Century and the effect that The City of Light had on their careers, their insights, their accumulation of knowledge From medical people to art [...]


  13. I read 200 pages, then the last chapter and the epilogue Although any given page was well written and interesting, I kept waiting for some pay off of synthesis explaining the point of McCullough s endless lists of loosely connected unimportant events Do I really need to know about the sordid details of the love life of Augustus Saint Gaudens The historian is maybe supposed to be objective but the choice of stories and details is a subjective editorial decision and it would have helped to make th [...]


  14. Non fiction about numerous Americans who lived in Paris during the period 1830 1900 It fits my definition of a 3 star reading experience overall, I liked it but didn t care for certain aspects The author covers a lot of ground here artists, musicians, sculptors, diplomats, authors, doctors, entertainers, and socialites It reads like a series of short stories of interesting people.What I liked a lot It was well written Gave some very interesting observations about the work of artists such as Samu [...]


  15. While the book made enjoyable reading and I learned a lot, the theme of Americans in Paris over decades wasn t strong enough to hold the book together very tightly Our discussion group agreed that the section on the medical students is the strongest, since it covers several people who formed a cohesive community and paints a vivid picture of the state of medical science before antibiotics and anesthesia The section about the diplomat Elihu Washburne also holds together well since it coalesces ar [...]


  16. Magnifique I should have known McCullough is one of my favorite history writers, and he s writing about nineteenth century Paris, one of my favorite places to read think dream about This was even better than I thought it d be When I was young I always wanted to go to Paris but not Francois Mitterand s Paris No, I wanted Degas Paris, Balzac s Paris, Toulouse Lautrec s Paris Well, this was an extended visit to that same Paris but through fresh eyes Much of what was in this book I knew little about [...]


  17. A fine history, but unfortunately not up to McCullough s extremely high standards.McCullough is an excellent biographer, and an excellent narrative historian However, this book, trying to cover such a broad topic as Americans in Paris in the 19th century, he seems to almost flounder Many of the chapters are excellent, and his usual skill shines here Unfortunately, some of the order and presentation of all this information seems erratic There are lots of interesting narrative stories, and backgro [...]


  18. I really did feel like I was in Paris back then and the atmosphere was wonderful but the novel itself I wish he would ve gone in dept on the people themselves We get a little info about them then its on to the next section then sometimes they appear in a section about someone else It felt a little dry and confusing after awhile.I don t mind lookin up different things from a book time to time, but not every other person in the book.For me this was a dud, David McCullough is a wonderful writer bu [...]


  19. I very much enjoyed this look at Americans who journeyed to Paris in the 1900 s to broaden their horizons I really enjoyed learning about those whose names I recognized and learning about those whom I did not know The audio was good and held my attention.Some of the profiles are of those who went to study medicine, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes father of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr and Elizabeth Blackwell the first American woman physician Many of the profiles were of artist [...]


  20. Biography is the most interesting way to learn history And some writers have a knack for unearthing those anecdotes which best make a biography David McCullough is certainly one Robert Caro is another.It now seems obvious that a book about Americans visiting Paris in the 19th century could be fascinating and also edifying But when I first picked up this book I wondered if McCullough would finally fail to interest me He didn t He got me right into the life and times of his chosen subjects He let [...]


  21. The Greater Journey is a book that in less capable hands than David McCullough s would have been deadly dull However, in his hands it is a wonderful narrative history that manages to be about many things, and all at the same time.This text is about the American artists, diplomats, writers, doctors, etc who populated Paris France during the 19th century Beginning with the early 1800s and concluding essentially at the dawn of the 1900s McCullough gives us a readable and very fascinating history of [...]


  22. With a nod to Rachel s excellent review, this was the literary equivalent of a cup of cocoa the chalky kind from a tin, without marshmallows with your grandfather It was perfectly pleasant and you will learn quite a few things about various American intellectuals and reformers who spent time in Paris during the 19th century, but the slow pace and overly detailed anecdotes are apt to make you nod off Also, the lack of clear connections between the various characters other than the fact that they [...]


  23. This was an interesting account of various Americans who traveled to Paris during the mid to latter parts of the 19th century as it was the world s cultural and educational center They came in large numbers to study art, literature, education, medicine, politics, etc the notable Americans included such names as James Feni Cooper, Samuel FB Morse, Elizabeth Blackwell, Charles Sumner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Cassett, and John Singer Sargent among others It is an informat [...]





  24. Public library copy Chose this for the time period, 1830 1900, which I am studying American history It s an ambitious topic, covering many different people, mostly artists, writers, doctors, all students and one diplomat, Elihu Washburn I learned much, not just history but character.Washburn, Cassatt, and Saint Gaudens were my favorite I love being able to read so many things connected in one place, putting them into historical and cultural perspective, as well as in a timeline The book is big, [...]


  25. Bound Paris in Its SpringTime Traveling with Some Exemplary AmericansSunPost Weekly July 14, 2011 John Hoodbit ptFnBtReturning home from Paris, no matter where home happens to be, is never an easy thing It s especially difficult to do after a hundred year trip So it was with some discomfort and deep reluctance that, after than a century away, I came back to Miami last week Yes, it was the same hometown that I d left But it wasn t Paris, of the 19th century or otherwise And as much as I admire t [...]


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