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Evening in the Palace of Reason

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Jim Gaines was the first Editor in Chief of People Magazine, as well as the Editor of Time Magazine. His first book, 'Evening in The Palace of Reason' was published in2005. He lives in Paris with his family


"A book-length romp that is less like a B-Minor Mass than an Italian opera...Wonderful."--Harper's Magazine "Lively...with a delicious cast of characters...Gaines shows himself a deft writer."--Denver Post "Filled with sensible speculation and insights, Gaines' books is a model for humanities writing."--San Antonio Express-News "Intelligent, stylish, wryly witty, serious yet never solemn, and above all passionate in its celebration of a great composer."--The Guardian "Gaines writes with admirable erudition...No author could want a more promising pair of antagonists."--New York Times Book Review "Highly entertaining... Lovers of music, European history, and Western philosophy will find this book an enormous pleasure."--Library Journal (starred review) "Gaines writes very accessibly...A marvelous story that will captivate the classical music audience."--Booklist "An eloquent and fascinating study, highly debatable at points yet all the more stimulating for that...Accessible and entertaining."--Time magazine "First rate...[Gaines] writes superbly and makes us feel at home with things that would have sounded arcane otherwise."--Daily Telegraph (London) "Evening in the Palace of Reason has given me enormous pleasure and instruction."--Jan Morris, author of A Writer's House in Wales "A moving portrait...Gaines has a deep understanding of music and an infectious zeal for narrative history."--People (four stars) "James Gaines writes with great beauty and exciting saga that brings the turmoil of the Enlightenment alive."--Walter Isaacson, author of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN "Gaines maps sweeping cultural history with dazzling virtuosity...You won't find a more lucid and engaging guide."--Entertainment Weekly "Gaines elegantly sketches parallel biographies of the two protagonists....His enthusiasm is infectious."--New York Sun "History winningly told, with the immediacy of a great novel...Gaines paints a whole age with the skill of Tuchman."--Mary Karr, author of THE LIARS CLUB and CHERRY "Impossible to put down when one is dancing, swerving, stumbling through [the] extraordinary brilliance...a wonderfully engaging tale."--The Independent (Sunday) "Articulate, well-informed and rigorous...Gaines makes this dauntingly technical subject accessible."--Sunday Telegraph

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