The Greater Journey by David McCullough audiobook

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

By David McCullough
Read by Edward Herrmann and David McCullough

Simon & Schuster Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781442344181

  • ISBN: 9781442344181

Runtime: 16.85 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

The #1 bestseller that tells the remarkable story of the generations of American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris, the intellectual, scientific, and artistic capital of the western world, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned, told by America’s master historian, David McCullough.

Not all pioneers went west.

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 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work. What they achieved would profoundly alter American history.

Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America, was one of this intrepid band. Another was Charles Sumner, whose encounters with black students at the Sorbonne inspired him to become the most powerful voice for abolition in the US Senate. Friends James Fenimore Cooper and Samuel F. B. Morse worked unrelentingly every day in Paris, Morse not only painting what would be his masterpiece, but also bringing home his momentous idea for the telegraph. Harriet Beecher Stowe traveled to Paris to escape the controversy generated by her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Three of the greatest American artists ever—sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, painters Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent—flourished in Paris, inspired by French masters.

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 the nightmare of the Commune. His vivid diary account of the starvation and suffering endured by the people of Paris is published here for the first time.

Telling their stories with power and intimacy, McCullough brings us into the lives of remarkable men and women who, in Saint-Gaudens’ phrase, longed “to soar into the blue.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An epic of ideas as well as an exhilarating book of spells…this is history to be savored rather than sprinted through, like a Parisian meal.” New York Times Book Review 
“A lively and entertaining panorama…By the time he shows us the triumphant Exposition Universelle in 1889, witnessed through the eyes of such characters as painters John Singer Sargent and Robert Henri, we share McCullough's enthusiasm for the city and his affection for the many Americans who improved their lives, their talent and their nation by drinking at the fountain that was Paris.” Washington Post
“From a dazzling beginning that captures the thrill of arriving in Paris in 1830 to the dawn of the 20th century, McCullough chronicles the generations that came, saw and were conquered by Paris…The Greater Journey will satisfy McCullough's legion of loyal fans…it will entice a whole new generation of Francophiles, armchair travelers and those Americans lucky enough to go to Paris before they die.” San Francisco Chronicle 
“There is not an uninteresting page here as one fascinating character after another is explored at a crucial stage of his development…Wonderful, engaging writing full of delighting detail.” Chicago Sun-Times 
“McCullough’s skill as a storyteller is on full display…The idea of telling the story of the French cultural contribution to America through the eyes of a generation of aspiring artists, writers, and doctors is inspired…a compelling and largely untold story in American history.” Seattle Times
“A gorgeously rich, sparkling patchwork, eliciting stories from diaries and memoirs to create the human drama McCullough depicts so well.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: David McCullough

Author Bio: David McCullough

David McCullough (1933-2022) acclaimed historian and #1 New York Times bestselling author, twice won 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 acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He was awarded numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, and more than forty honorary degrees. In 1995, the National Book Foundation conferred on him its lifetime Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English