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My Days of Adventure The Fall of France, 1870-71   By: (1853-1922)

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In "My Days of Adventure: The Fall of France, 1870-71," Ernest Alfred Vizetelly takes us on a captivating journey through a tumultuous period in French history. As an eyewitness and correspondent, Vizetelly paints a vivid picture of the Franco-Prussian War, chronicling the events that led to the fall of France with incredible detail and depth.

The author's narrative prowess shines through as he seamlessly weaves together his personal experiences as a journalist with a broader historical perspective. Vizetelly's unique vantage point offers valuable insights into the social, political, and military dynamics that shaped the outcome of this devastating conflict.

What sets this book apart is the author's ability to balance the big picture with intimate personal anecdotes. Vizetelly's writing takes readers from the battlefields to the heart of Paris, allowing us to witness both the grand strategic maneuvers and the personal stories of the individuals caught up in the conflict.

The Fall of France, 1870-71 is not just a historical account; it is a powerful examination of the human experience during times of war. Vizetelly masterfully captures the emotions, fears, and hopes of the people he encountered, adding a layer of poignancy to the already gripping narrative.

Moreover, Vizetelly's prose is elegant and evocative, transporting readers to the streets of Paris and the fields of battle. His attention to detail brings the era to life, making it easy to immerse oneself in the history he presents.

While the book primarily focuses on the fall of France, it also delves into the aftermath of the war and its lasting impact on French society. Vizetelly explores the rise of the Paris Commune and the political turmoil that followed, shedding light on lesser-known aspects of this critical period.

One minor drawback is the occasional dryness of certain passages, especially when detailing specific military tactics or political negotiations. However, these instances are few and far between, and most readers will overlook them in the grand scheme of the book's overall quality.

In conclusion, "My Days of Adventure: The Fall of France, 1870-71" by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly is a captivating and immersive account of an important chapter in French history. Through his personal experiences and insightful observations, Vizetelly presents a comprehensive and emotionally resonant narrative. This book is a must-read for both history enthusiasts and those seeking a deeper understanding of the human experience in times of war.

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By Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

Le Petit Homme Rouge

Author of "The Court of the Tuileries 1852 70" etc.

With A Frontispiece

London, 1914


O husbandmen of hill and dale, O dressers of the vines, O sea tossed fighters of the gale, O hewers of the mines, O wealthy ones who need not strive, O sons of learning, art, O craftsmen of the city's hive, O traders of the man, Hark to the cannon's thunder call Appealing to the brave! Your France is wounded, and may fall Beneath the foreign grave! Then gird your loins! Let none delay Her glory to maintain; Drive out the foe, throw off his sway, Win back your land again!

1870. E.A.V.


While this volume is largely of an autobiographical character, it will be found to contain also a variety of general information concerning the Franco German War of 1870 71, more particularly with respect to the second part of that great struggle the so called "People's War" which followed the crash of Sedan and the downfall of the Second French Empire. If I have incorporated this historical matter in my book, it is because I have repeatedly noticed in these later years that, whilst English people are conversant with the main facts of the Sedan disaster and such subsequent outstanding events as the siege of Paris and the capitulation of Metz, they usually know very little about the manner in which the war generally was carried on by the French under the virtual dictatorship of Gambetta... Continue reading book >>

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