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France on the Brink:
A Great Civilization in the New Century
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|France on the Brink
By Jonathan Fenby
Publication Date: 2nd edition
August 5, 2014
at Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: social history / France
This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this totally updated edition of France on the Brink (which includes data about President Hollande), Jonathan Fenby tries to understand a country that may seem puzzling to many: it attracts millions of tourists every year, 84 millions in 2013, Americans have a very romantic a view about anything and everything French, yet at the same time France is experiencing “double-digit unemployment, a rampant extremist party of the far right and [they are] a people who reject the elite that has ruled them for decades” (p.x). The French are notoriously unhappy, despairing, and complaining about many things if not all, especially about their economy and their political leaders. To understand what’s going one, Fenby gives us a “portrait of France today and a longer -range account of the evolution of the country” (p.xi) since the 1950s.
This nonfiction book deserves more than my usual review format. I will try to sum up some main elements of each chapter, including many quotations.