I bought this book for Christmas for Jon. I was ordering the Mark Twain book, The Innocents Abroad, and this book came up under a related search. When we came home from our Christmas travels I needed a book so I started reading this one. I know David McCullough wrote 1776, but I was never able to get into that book. This book is non fiction, but it still gripped me from the very beginning. The book talks about Americans that traveled from the USA to Paris starting around 1830. McCullough uses letters, personal journals and any other first hand accounts that he could find to re-create the stories of real live people. The details that he is able to include and the way some of the stories intertwine gives credence to the saying, truth is stranger than fiction.