On the Brink
The Trouble with France
By (author) Jonathan Fenby
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On the Brink by Jonathan Fenby
Book DescriptionWhen Le Pen won through to the second round of the presidential elections in April, the eyes of the world turned to France and wondered whether the forces of the extreme right were really alive in Europe again. In this timely book, Jonathan Fenby asks what the future really holds for our nearest neighbour. For centuries France has occupied a unique position in the British, and indeed European, psyche - sometimes as enemy, sometimes as collaborator, but always an object of fascination and opinion. Part of this interest is due to the problems we share - economically, culturally and politically - yet despite the common difficulties France is a country in crisis to a much greater extent than we realise. So argues Jonathan Fenby in this excellent survey of the state of modern France. Taking in all the major themes of French identity and exploring how they have been undermined - from agriculture to the motor industry, smoking to fashion - and with acute analysis of recent French political history, Fenby argues that France is a country without direction; a once-great power now unsure of itself and its place in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349114910
(198mm x 126mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jonathan Fenby
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China's spectacular growth and expanding global role have led to visions of the 21st century being dominated by the last major state on earth ruled by a Communist Party. In this new edition of his widely acclaimed book, renowned China expert Jonathan Fenby shows why such assumptions are wrong.
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History of Modern France, Paperback (June 2016)
Adefinitive analysis of France since the First Revolution and Napoleon's demise at Waterloo in 1815
Bruno Barbey: China 1973 - 2013, Hardback (July 2015)» View all books by Jonathan Fenby
The author first discovered China when he accompanied President Pompidou of France on an official visit there in 1973. This book comprises a selection of the photographs taken over the past 40 years and offers a portrait of a country on the move from post revolutionary state to world economic superpower.
UK Kirkus Review » Francophile and sometime Observer editor Jonathan Fenby contemplates the state of the French nation as it faces the new millennium and the challenge of European Monetary Union. Uncertain about its future without having altogether come to terms with its recent past, defensive about the icons of French life - its gastronomy, the language and the prestige of its administrative elite - and beset by political scandal and corruption, possessing a large underclass and the highest far-right vote in Western Europe, it awaits its fate with some trepidation. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Jonathan Fenby
Jonathan Fenby was the editor of the SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST. Before Before that he was deputy editor of the GUARDIAN and editor of the OBSERVER. He has covered France as a journalist since 1965 and was made a Chevalier of the French Order of Merit in 1990.
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