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The Golden Moments of Paris

A Guide to the Paris of the 1920s

By John Baxter

Following the popular Chronicles of Old Paris, in The Golden Moments of Paris, John Baxter has uncovered more fascinating true stories about the characters that gave Paris its “character” in the years between World War I and World War II. Explore more about one of the world’s most beautiful and loved cities in 26 fact-filled, humorous, and dramatic stories about the famed Années Folles–the Crazy Years—at the turn of the 20th century in Paris. Learn about Gertrude Stein and her famous writers’ salon, Salvador Dali and the Surrealists, the birth of Chanel No. 5, and the antics of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the “lost generation.”  Then see what these areas look like today by following along on the guided walking tours of Paris’s historic neighborhoods and the cafes, clubs, and brothels that were home to the intellectuals, artists, and Bohemians, illustrated with color photographs and period maps. If you enjoyed Woody Allen’s film Midnight in Paris, you’ll love this book.

The Golden Moments of Paris is a must read for Paris lovers, art lovers, Francophiles, Paris residents and Parisian tourists alike, with:

  • Profiles of historic and cultural figures including Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein, Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Kiki, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the facts behind iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, and fads and fashions that shocked the world: drugs, jazz, the women who dared “bob” their hair and dress like men, the men who dressed like women, and much more.
  • More than 150 photographs including some by Edward Steichen, Man Ray, and Brassai.
  • Four Easy-to-follow neighborhood walking tours with detailed maps, with additional tours of filming locations
  • Complete Index

About the Author:
John Baxter is an Australian-born writer, journalist and filmmaker; he has called Paris home since 1989. He is the author of numerous books including the autobiographical Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, We’ll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris and Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light.

ISBN 978-0-9846334-7-0
Trade Paperback
272 pages, 5¼ x 8
150+ Illustrations and Photos
5 Color Maps
Travel / History

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