Suggested Reading List
A Moveable Feast
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Description: A treasure for anyone interested in Parisian cafe society and its luminaries circa 1925. Hemingway includes sharp portraits of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others who idled on their way to greatness.
A Short History of the First World War
Author: Gary Sheffield
Description: An admirably concise introduction to the Great War, from the shot that claimed Franz Ferdinand to the ill-conceived Treaty of Versailles.
A Traveller's History of France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
Author: Kermit Lynch
Description: A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.
Author: Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
Description: With its deep and storied history, the beautiful Champagne region of France is easily one of the most pleasant places in Europe. With more than 100 color photographs and a history of the area, Stewart provides a great introduction.
Champagne-Ardennes Map 514
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A regional map at 1:200,000 scale, with topographic details, city plans and attractions.
Eyewitness Guide Paris
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
Author: Rolf Toman
Description: A marvelously illustrated, oversized survey of Gothic architecture, cathedrals and castles across Europe.
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
Author: Sue Roe
Description: Beginning with the teenaged Pablo Picasso’s arrival in Montmartre in 1900, this multi-faceted biography takes on the extraordinary men and women, including Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein, who transformed the European art world.
Mapping the First World War, Battlefields of the Great Conflict from Above
Author: Simon Forty
Description: This incredibly handsome book delivers more than 100 large-format maps and charts selected from the Kew National Archives in London. The maps are accompanied by informative text exploring what each reveals about a world at war.
Michelin Green Guide Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A guide to Alsace, Champagne and Vosges in the classic Michelin style.
Author: Edward Rutherfurd
Description: Edward Rutherford's sweeping tale traces Paris from Roman occupation to the building of Notre Dame, the machinations of Cardinal Richeleu, glittering court of Versailles, Revolution, the Belle Epoque, the Lost Generation, Nazi occupation and the Resistance all the way up to student revolt in the tumultuous 1960s.
Paris 1919, Six Months that Changed the World
Author: Richard Holbrooke (Introduction), Margaret Macmillan
Description: A vivid, comprehensive analysis of the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, the treaty to end the war that was supposed to end all wars.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
Paris at the End of the World, The City of Light During the Great War, 1914-1918
Author: John Baxter
Description: John Baxter (The Most Beautiful Walk in the World) explores how the city of light managed to shine even brighter during the four years when WWI threatened her destruction.
Paris in Mind
Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
Paris to the Moon
Author: Adam Gopnik
Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Paris, The Biography of a City
Author: Colin Jones
Description: Jones writes with obvious affection in this entertaining, ambitious history of Paris, its architecture, culture and politics, from the late Stone Age to Jacques Chirac.
The Finest Wines of Champagne
Author: Michael Edwards, Hugh Johnson (Introduction)
Description: Much more than a guide to 90 cuvees, houses, and growers, this astute guide includes a history of champagne (the region and the wine), individual chapters on visiting Reims, Epernay and other regions, detailed maps and an annotated A-list of the finest wines.
The First World War
Author: John Keegan
Description: Keegan, a well-known British military historian, paints in visceral detail the major campaigns and battles of the war in this popular history.