A fascinating book. I spend the entire day reading it on the computer. This is the first book I have read in its entirety on the computer and it was so interesting that I felt no fatigue. As a first-hand chronicle of the Siege of Paris you feel you are in the city as it is surrounded by the Prussians and the net gets tighter and tighter. You know it is only a matter of time before the food runs out and the people will be reduced to eating dogs, cats, and mice. As well as being full of colourful incidents the book explores the question of who was responsible for the Parisian inability to strike a blow against the Prussians and break out from Paris. The book places the blame squarely on the shoulders of both the middle-class flaneurs and their inept leaders.