A book by Jill Jonnes< read all 2 reviews
Jonnes writes with the quiet tone of a journalist as she recounts the place and time the tower was built, the people who came to see it, and the events that attracted millions to the 1889 World's Fair in the most iconic city of the most volatile country in the midst of its most volcanic century. Thomas Edison came to tour the Tower and became another shining light, the most honored American in the world. Also in town was Buffalo BIll Cody's Wild West Show, with its beloved sharpshooter Annie Oakley and authentic Native American warriors who seemed startlingly foreign to the Old World citizens who flocked to the showgrounds. And artists of all nationalities fought for position and pride of place like petulant schoolboys.
Jonnes weaves it all together with skill and a quiet style that somewhat belies the "thrilling story" claim of the subtitle. But the style fits the story without diminishing it by over hyping it.
And throughout this review I have not said the name of the city or country yet every reader knows where this story takes place. That's the power of Eiffel's Tower.
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