This is an anecdotal approach to the city everyone loves. The author knows it well and uses the streets, sections and buildings to recount the lives and the adventures of the various greats who have inhabited them. The Louis and the Napoleons crowd the scene --but then, they always do. The book is compact, the print rather small and the black and white illustrations are quick impressions rather than architectural renderings. It's a pleasant book and recommended for the summer or (future) visitor to Paris. This is not ""the complete"" guidebook but would make a fine companion to one.