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The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940 Hardcover – 1 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf (April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307595153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595157
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brown [is] the leading English-language chronicler of this appalling but fascinating French story." --"New Republic"
"Brilliant. . . . At once social history, cultural history, and a series of biographical sketches, Frederick Brown's book is both illuminating and a warning. . . . This is terrific history--Brown is an incisive biographer, very good on politics, still better on culture, and anybody who is interested in France . . . should read this book." --"The Daily Beast"
"A stimulating portrayal. . . . Brown deftly and economically analyzes [his subjects]. . . . He succeeds as usual in joining accurate scholarship to elegant and often pithy style." --"The New York Review of Books"
"[Brown] is a historian who eschews jargon and knows how to make complicated questions clear to the common reader." --"The Wall Street Journal"

Brown [is] the leading English-language chronicler of this appalling but fascinating French story. "New Republic"
Brilliant. . . . At once social history, cultural history, and a series of biographical sketches, Frederick Brown s book is both illuminating and a warning. . . . This is terrific history Brown is an incisive biographer, very good on politics, still better on culture, and anybody who is interested in France . . . should read this book. "The Daily Beast"
A stimulating portrayal. . . . Brown deftly and economically analyzes [his subjects]. . . . He succeeds as usual in joining accurate scholarship to elegant and often pithy style. "The New York Review of Books"
[Brown] is a historian who eschews jargon and knows how to make complicated questions clear to the common reader. "The Wall Street Journal"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Frederick Brown is the author of several award-winning books, including "For the Soul of France; Flaubert, " a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and "Zola, " one of "The New York Times" best books of the year. Brown has twice been the recipient of both Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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I have read a lot of books about France and French history, but I have seldom been as bored reading a book as I was reading this one. At least half of what the author writes about took place or refers to people or actions that happened/lived a long time before 1914, which also makes the title inaccurate. What could be best described as 'laying out the background' for the subject matter of the book takes up over the first three-quarters of the book itself. The book also draws no conclusion or comes to any point that I can see as an 'ending', it just waffles on about people in French politics from both the right and left from about 1860 onwards and shows (but never actually points out) what a diabolical state French politics were by 1940. The whole book could have been condensed into less than 50 (relevant) pages. What a waste of money buying the book and an even bigger waste of time and a painful slog reading it. Never again will I buy one of Frederick Brown's books.
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Fine book.
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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Brilliant Book from Frederick Brown 5 May 2014
By SanFran JT - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having been impressed by Brown's superb books on Zola and the era of Dreyfus, I found The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940 more proof of just what a gifted author he truly is. This is a simply stunning look at the people, culture, and politics of France between the two world wars and is as well written and engrossing as anything I've read about that time in quite a while. Brown writes in a way that is highly entertaining and very scholarly at the same time. The reader feels they are immersed in the spirit of the era and has actually lived as an informed observer during the years leading to the horror of the Nazi occupation. Insightful, well researched, and profoundly satisfying study for scholars of the period as well as those seeking a better understanding of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars France as a Harbinger 5 Jun. 2014
By David G. Landry - Published on Amazon.com
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Political gridlock in the USA? Try France between the wars. Author Brown documents the political follies which should serve as a warning to us Americans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I been waiting for this book 12 Jun. 2014
By Arturo Dalmau - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed The Embrace of Unreason: France, 1914-1940. The book covers an important moment in French and, indirectly, European history. It is well-documented and provides rich in information about the 1918-1939 European Truce, a period of recent history which I consider has been largely neglected by historians and sociologists . As a historian Frederick Brown makes an excellent journalistic job. I came close to give five stars to the book, but I think that the author could have provided more deep coverage of the sociological aspects that shaped the epoch. A excellent, and quite enjoyable book, nevertheless,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here is the story of a great country that prides itself on ideas having run out ... 27 July 2014
By Steven Hardesty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Here is the story of a great country that prides itself on ideas having run out of ideas. Of the intellectual and moral catastrophe - masquerading as national revival - that preceded the military collapse of France under German invasion in 1940. And of the bitter subversion of French thought after the debacle of the First World War that allowed Marshal Philippe Petain to say that only the heroic surrender of France to Hitler could save the idea of France. But a France that was anti-democratic, anti-Semitic and scornful of heroes - foremost Charles de Gaulle - who believed in continuing the fight for the truer dream of France. This is a bitter and horrifying story, but a must-read book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Missing effects 24 Nov. 2014
By John michael - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this on the strength of Mr. Brown's excellent history of the Dreyfus affair. I was disappointed. There was little synthesis and even less information on the culmination of the french political right/fascist collaboration with the German occupation. There is little detail of the effects of the "embrace of unreason".
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