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An amusing and engrossing history book,
This review is from: 1000 Years of Annoying the French (Paperback)
That great French icon the Corsican Napoleon Bonaparte once defined history as "a series of lies on which we agree" but is clear from reading this book that while there are plenty of lies told in the history of Anglo-French relations, there is little agreement between them.
Do not be fooled by the journalistic approach, chatty style, and episodes of facetiousness, this is a history book and a good one. It's a comprehensive account of where English (and sometimes Scottish, and later British) and French national histories meet, interact, overlap, or collide. It is well-researched and packed with information while being very readable - I found it a real page-turner, and as someone who reads a lot of history I can say that that's not always the case in this field! For those schooled on the "agreed lies" of history - and there are a lot of them in this area, where national pride plays such a part - it will be an eye-opener.
I wonder what sort of reviews it's getting on the French Amazon site.
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Initial post: 22 Aug 2010 21:23:37 BDT
Jasper Spaulding says:
What sort of comment this books get at Amazon.fr ? Just one so far and I'm barely half way in the book.
I'm as French as can be (which means a genetic mix of 3 neighbour countries) and live in France. Still , I like the book. I laugh out alone wetting my spectacles from the inside. I think the author loves France. I'll tell you more when I reach the end, I hope.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 22:55:41 BDT
Iain S. Palin says:
I agree, he is really a Francophile (with a sense of humour). Look forward to your review once you've finished the book.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Dec 2011 20:45:06 GMT
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The book may have some entertaining value, but it certainly isn't a history book.
In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2011 14:36:32 GMT
Iain S. Palin says:
I would describe it as "popular history".
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