Author Jonathan Fenby
August 4-8, 2014
France on the Brink:
A Great Civilization in the New Century
Release date: July 1, 2014
at Skyhorse Publishing
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan Fenby reported from France for a variety of newspapers, including the Economist, Christian Science Monitor, Times of London, Guardian, and London Observer. Married to a Frenchwoman, he was, to his surprise, made a Chevalier of the French Order of Merit in 1990. He is also the author of acclaimed biographies of Charles de Gaulle and Chiang Kai-shek, among other works. He lives in England.
QUOTATIONS FROM THE TOUR
If anyone is looking to learn and read about the current situation of french life this is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned much more than I had expected.
VERDICT: Enjoying the beach in Southern France is fine. If you want to go deeper and start understanding the current social, economic, and political situation of that country, this is THE book you need to read.
Author Jonanthan Fenby writes that the problem with the French is “They cling to the past and present, but want a different future.”After reading Fenby’s On The Brink, it’s clear that even a Frenchman, or anyone intimately acquainted with the Hexagon’s politics and history, would nod in agreement.“Brink” begins as a political science textbook but it’s soon apparent the author is preparing you to try to understand a “very special place.”
The author did a fantastic job showing how history has shaped the French and encapsulating the difficulties their country faces with fascinating anecdotes and just enough optimism.
Readers interested in France will find much of interest in this work… This book is recommended for history readers and those interested in the world around them.