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Book Review: The Greater Journey

David McCullough exploration of 19th-century Americans in Paris

Take a few steps beyond Lafayette in the history books and Americans tend to gloss over the role France played in our surge from provincial experiment to world power. Intrigued by the unsung influence of la belle France as a sort of cultural tutor to the United States, historian David McCullough has written The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. His book is bountiful but, like its title, ultimately leaves you wanting. (The title stems from the book’s thesis that “after experiencing the hazardous journey across the Atlantic, these Americans embarked on a greater journey in the City of Light.”)
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