French Lessons

The Greater Journey
Americans in Paris
David McCullough
Simon & Schuster, $37.50, 558 pp.

On screen and in print, Paris is much in vogue these days. Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s ode to the City of Light in the 1920s, is an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and David McCullough’s The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris spent months on bestseller lists. If we’re lucky, McCullough’s hefty history spanning the 1830s through the 1890s will become a television...

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Bethe Dufresne, a frequent contributor, is a freelance writer living in Old Mystic, Connecticut.