- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Survival Books (27 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1901130444
- ISBN-13: 978-1901130447
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.5 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,802,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Surprised by France Paperback – 27 May 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
For a book only published in 2005 there was a surprising amount of out of date 'information'. Perhaps the most (unintentionally) funny one was the comment, also in the opening paragraph, that "..the US and France have been best friends ever since the French crucially intervened on the Americans' side in the War of Independence", conveniently ignoring the brouhaha caused because the French opposed the invasion of Iraq!
The ludicrousness continued a few pages later with the following:
"The usual process by which observable truths are converted into laughable untruths goes something like this: The French eat frogs' legs (true); so they must find frogs' legs especially tasty (not true); that's why the French are called 'Frogs' (not true). Or: The French drink a lot of wine(true); as a result, they don't drink much water (not true). Or: The French never drink coffee during their meals (true); so they mustn't like coffee (not true)." I can only assume that the author has little faith in the intelligence of his readership if he thinks they will follow such absurd thought processes. The worst of it is that at this point he wasn't trying to make a joke.Read more ›