List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionMap of ParisChapter 1 End of an Era (1929)Chapter 2 Rags and Riches (1929)Chapter 3 It Could Never Happen Here (1930)Chapter 4 The Ooh La La Factor (1930)Chapter 5 Navigating a Dangerous World (1931–1932)Chapter 6 Taking Sides (1933)Chapter 7 Bloody Tuesday (1934)Chapter 8 Sailing, Sailing (1935)Chapter 9 Coming Apart (1936)Chapter 10 War in Spain (1936)Chapter 11 End of the Dream (1937)Chapter 12 In War’s Shadow (1938)Chapter 13 Dancing on a Volcano (1939)Chapter 14 Closing the Circle (1940)Epilogue NotesBibliographyIndexAbout the Author
Paris on the Brink vividly evokes the cultural and political life of Paris during the 1930s. The cast of characters is comprehensive. Hemingway, James Joyce, André Gide, Coco Chanel, Henry Miller, and Josephine Baker, among many other notables, mingle in a bright narrative that wheels from portrait to portrait like a whirligig overshadowed by the lengthening specter of war. McAuliffe has written a truly absorbing book.
A breezy, rollicking, and vastly entertaining popular history of the international cultural and intellectual life of Paris during the troubled decade just before the Second World War.