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Americans and the Making of the Riviera Paperback – 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland & Co.; 1st edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786431601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786431601
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Nelson was General Manager of Reuters.

Nelson was born near London on 30 April 1929. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, London, and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He joined Reuters as a journalist in 1952.

Since he retired from Reuters in 1989 he has written four books: War of the Black Heavens: The Battles of Western Broadcasting in the Cold War, (Syracuse University Press and Brasseys 1997), with a foreword by Lech Walesa; Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera, (I.B. Tauris, 2001), with a foreword by Asa Briggs; Americans and the Making of the Riviera, (McFarland, 2007) and Castro and Stockmaster: A Life in Reuters, (Matador, 2011).

Nelson, who lives in Holland Park, London, and Opio, France, is married to the former Helga den Ouden and they have two sons and one daughter.

website: www.michaelnelsonbooks.com

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I have been greatly enjoying Americans and the Making of the Riviera. Wonderful research. It's stuffed with people and facts I didn't know. Thomas Jefferson travelled in 1786 from Nice to Genoa, where there is now a superb motorway; "I lost two of my mules who were crushed by big lumps of rock". Michael Nelson's narration of the Americans on the Riviera then goes all the way through to the F Scott Fitzgerald, the Victorine Studios (Nice's Hollywood) and the Sophia Antipolis science park in the 1990s. All fascinating.
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This is the follow-up to Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera, and describes the expansion and popularisation of the Riviera. It's as well written as its predecessor, but the narrative is inevitably fragmented, consisting of vignettes rather than of a continuous story, as previously; and so it's not quite as interesting.

It's still good, though.
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HASH(0x9e0ddf18) out of 5 stars The Riviera in the Jazz Age 1 Aug. 2010
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the follow-up to Queen Victoria and the Discovery of the Riviera, and describes the expansion and popularisation of the Riviera. It's as well written as its predecessor, but the narrative is inevitably fragmented, consisting of vignettes rather than of a continuous story, as previously; and so it's not quite as interesting.

It's still good, though.
HASH(0x9e0cd108) out of 5 stars A Wealth of Information 1 Feb. 2010
By Linda Bigelow - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend had loaned me this book to read, and I expected it to be a light treatment of recent jet-setters on the French Riviera. Instead, I found a carefully researched book with a wealth of information on Americans who had come to the area, starting with Thomas Jefferson. Therefore I ordered the book for myself, to keep as a reference book.
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