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Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the Côte d'Azur: The Rise and Rise of the Cote D'Azur Hardcover – 21 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719556929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719556920
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An amusing read. It is the ideal book to hide your smirk behind on the Promenade des Anglais as yet another roller-blading granny glides past in a leopard-skin thong.' (Sunday Telegraph 20040613)

'Delightful and informative evocation of the Cote d'Azur at various epochs ... [by] its loving chronicler' (Critic's Choice, Daily Mail 20040612)

'A highly readable account ... as an introduction to the Cote d'Azur, it works wonderfully well' (Traveller magazine 20040801)

'An energetic guide ... an entertaining cautionary tale' (Independent 20040625)

'Lively new history ... entertaining' (Mail on Sunday 20040829)

'Ring covers the ground with just enough detail to titillate' (Sunday Times 20050508)

'Ring, I'm glad to say, rises to the Riviera's defence....a highly readable history' (J G Ballard, The Guardian 20040731)

'Enormously entertaining' (Daily Express 20050722)

'Crammed full of fascinating accounts of disgraceful behaviour on the beaches and in the villas of the world's most decadent playground' (Guardian 20050507)

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The fascinating story of how one of the most glamorous and popular holiday destinations in Europe today has evolved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A superbly written & entertaining book and a fascinating history of the Riviera through the ages.A must-read for anyone interested in this part of France.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarrely bad fact checking, less of a "holiday read" than others 22 Jun. 2015
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Could be an interesting survey of the history of the area except that anyone that has visited the area or even read much about France will start to notice quite a few factual errors. The book does, however, give more coverage to the area during WWII and for the time after the 1950s so, for that I'll bump it up to give it a weak 3 stars.

Some of the errors could be editing or print mistakes (Varian Fry, a man, is repeatedly referred to as "she"), others are just wrong (the 2CV car was produced by Citroen not Renault...the Grimaldi castle that Picasso used is in Antibes not Golfe-Juan...etc..). As a result, it constantly raises questions about general accuracy.

The author also seems to write with a bit of a disdainful tone that can be irritating. The Riviera does indeed deserve quite a bit of criticism for the way it has developed, but the tone combined with the factual inaccuracies combine to give the impression that the book was written out of scorn for the topic.

Which is too bad. The book does cover a broader time period than most and would seem to try to go a bit deeper. If the tone seemed less affected by what sounds like personal bias and if there were at least some minimal fact checking, this could be a 4 star book. But as it is, it is too flawed...too untrustworthy... to rate above a 3.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizing 21 Jan. 2014
By Pamela Fiori - Published on Amazon.com
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A thoroughly researched and immensely enjoyable history of one of the world's great edens. I found it fascinating from beginning to end.
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