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Metronome : a history of Paris from the underground up

"A phenomenal bestseller in France, Metronome presents a fascinating history of Paris through the lens of the city's iconic Metro system. Did you know that the last Gallic warriors massacred by the Romans lie beneath the Eiffel Tower? That the remains of Paris's first cathedral are under a parking lot in the Fifth District? Metronome follows Lorànt Deutsch, historian and lifelong Francophile, as he goes on a compelling journey through the ages, treating readers to Paris as they've never seen it before. Using twenty-one stops of the subway system as focal points--one per century--Deutsch shows, from the underground up, the unique, often violent, and always striking events that shaped one of the world's most romanticized city. Readers will find out which streets are hiding incredible historical treasures in plain sight; peer into forgotten nooks and crannies of the City of Lights and learn what used to be there; and discover that, however deeply buried, something always remains"-- Provided by publisher
Print Book, English, 2013
First U.S. edition View all formats and editions
St. Martin's Griffin, New York, 2013
x, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of chiefly color plates : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
9781250023674, 9781250023681, 125002367X, 1250023688
"First published in France by Editions Michel Lafon"--Title page verso
Translated from the French