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Fragile Glory by Richard Bernstein

Fragile Glory

Fragile Glory by Richard Bernstein
Paperback
Sep 26, 1991 | 368 Pages
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    Sep 26, 1991 | 368 Pages

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Praise

“Fascinating.”—Peter MayleNew York Times bestselling author of A Year in Provence

“The most penetrating account of contemporary France we’re ever likely to own… a compendium of the best and most useful French thinking about France.”—New York Times

“An entertaining survey of the French life-style—the food, the mistresses, the love of aesthetics.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“This well-rounded portrait of France today is a spirited introduction to a prosperous, complacent, Americanized people whom modernity has `leached out of their particularity.’”—Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents

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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