The French smoke, drink and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than Americans. They take seven weeks of paid vacation per year, yet have the worlds highest productivity index. From a distance, modern France looks like a riddle. But up close, it all makes sense. Sixty Million Frenchmen Cant Be Wrong shows how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
Decrypting French ideas about land, food, privacy and language, the authors weave together the threads of French societyfrom centralization and the Napoleonic code to elite education and even street protestsgiving us, for the first time, an understanding of France and the French.
Sixty Million Frenchmen Cant Be Wrong is the most ambitious work published on France since Theodor Zeldins The French. It goes beyond Adam GopniksParis to the Moon to explain not only the essence of the French, but also how they got to be the way they are. Unlike Jonathan Fenbys France on the Brink, the authors do not see France in a state of decline, but one of perpetual renewal....Continua
I can't believe I haven't shelved any book for over a month! But I have kept on reading. Maybe this book has slowed me down a bit as it is quite long and jam-packed with information about France and the Frenchmen.
Written by a couple from Montreal who spent two years in France, the book reads like a research paper. It started off on an interesting premise and undertook to solve many of the paradoxes of France, e.g. why the French are lazy and work 35-hour week, and yet France is the world's third-largest export country and fourth-biggest economic power?
The book however will not give you the answers. Instead, it describes in detail the history of France, its social, p0litical and economic system, its culture and language etc. It is very informative and serves as a good French history and social study text.
Nevertheless, it's not very interesting. If you couldn't care less about the French, don't bother to pick this up....Continua