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Fragile Glory

Fragile Glory

A Portrait of France and the French

Richard Bernstein - Author

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ISBN 9780452266780 | 368 pages | 26 Sep 1991 | Plume | 5.47 x 7.95in | Adult
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An enormously entertaining account of contemporary France from the former Paris bureau chief of The New York Times. Bernstein combines personal memoir, informed observation, and news-hound curiosity to offer a stirring and unforgettable panaorama of France—at times exalted, troubling, and occasionally absurd.

Introduction: The Imaginary Country

I. FRANCE DEEP AND FRANCE PARISIAN
1. The Miracle of the Whole
2. The Persistence of the Parts
3. Villages
4. Paris the Conqueror

II. THE FRENCH: WHO THEY ARE
5. Blood, Names, and Identity
6. The R5 and Other Complexes
7. Gallic Shrugs and Other Supposed Imperfections
8. The Myth of the Anti-American
9. Jews, Arabs, and Other "Foreigners"
10. In Praise of Frivolity
11. The Revenge of the Bourgeoisie
12. The Noble Residue
13. Elegance and Anarchy
14. A Contentious Solidarity

III. THE REASONS AND THE MYSTERIES OF STATE
15. A Country Cut in One
16. The Sardonic Worship of the Political Class
17. The Way to Power
18. Above the Laws of the Republic
19. The Shadowy Paths of Grandeur
20. Gaullists and Bonapartists, Presidents and Kings

Afterword: An Elegy for the French Difference
Index


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