How did Paris become the world favorite it is today? Charles
Rearick argues that we can best understand Paris as several cities
in one, each with its own history and its own imaginary shaped by
dream and memory. Paris has long been at once a cosmopolitan City
of Light and of modernity, a patchwork of time-resistant villages,
a treasured heirloom, a hell for the disinherited, and a legendary
pleasure dome. Each of these has played a part in making the... more...