The 100th anniversary of an epic battle with nature approaches. In the winter of 1910, the great flood of the Seine ravaged Paris and brought widespread destruction to one of the world’s most beloved cities. Historian Jeffrey H. Jackson captures the drama — and the determination of the Parisian survivors — in Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910.
The narrative takes the reader through the entire ordeal, from the first reports of rising water levels that were dismissed by most of the bustling capital, through the torrential rainfall that wreaked havoc on faulty engineering throughout the city. As the sewers, Métro and electricity failed around them and the flood took its toll on everything from streets and homes to businesses and museums, Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save each other and their city.
We at Wonders & Marvels have three (3) copies of Paris Under Water available for our giveaway. To enter, simply comment by 11:59 midnight EST January 29, 2010 in response to this question:
What is your favorite landmark of Paris?
Good luck! (Sorry, at this time, we can only ship books to U.S. winners.)