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Book review: 'Paris to the Past'
Book review: 'Paris to the Past'

Southern California residents — and most Americans outside the Northeast corridor — can only envy the speed, comfort and ease of rail travel that the French have, especially the speedy TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse). Ina Caro celebrates this mode of travel in "Paris to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train," as she describes a series of trips to noteworthy places that are within a few hours of the capital by rail, allowing one to explore history and the countryside by day and return to Paris for dinner. Caro, an American who loves French history (and is the wife of biographer Robert Caro), is an unabashedly enthusiastic guide. Her love for the places...

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