We have a long and proud tradition in the Colton family of “previewing” the books we give as gifts. As long as you don’t spill an entire cup of coffee on it (some exceptions have been made here), you are free to wrap it up. Eiffel’s Tower is a case in point. My mom gave it to me for Christmas, but clearly she read it first as evidenced by the book review she wrote for me last week (see below-my first guest blog! Thanks Patricia!) I look forward to reading my (our?) copy.
Eiffel’s Tower is a fascinating look at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, and the building of the highly controversial structure that was to define Paris forever. It is a wonderful picture of Belle Époque Paris with all the larger than life characters who were involved in the creation of the Fair—builders, artists, performers, and inventors. The reaction of other nations to the French “ arrogance “ at putting on such an extravaganza led to an almost total lack of participation from the governments of the developed world. It was a HUGE hit nonetheless!