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Our Oldest Enemy

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Our Oldest Enemy by John J. Miller and Mark Molesky
Dec 18, 2007 | ISBN 9780307419187

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In Our Oldest Enemy, John J. Miller and Mark Molesky will delight some, infuriate others, but whether you agree or disagree, the book is bound to stimulate broad debate about the deeper nature of U.S.-French relations and set the reader thinking. Make sure to put it in your suitcase as you polish off that glass of Merlot and book your summer trip to Provence.”– Jay Winik, author of April 1865: The Month That Saved America

“In Our Oldest Enemy, John J. Miller and Mark Molesky provide a provocative counterpoint to the dewy-eyed sentimentality that usually surrounds the history of U.S.-France relations. Instead of Lafayette and all that, they write about clashes from the French and Indian Wars, through World War II and Vietnam, and right up to the Iraq War. Sometimes the French have literally fought Americans, as in the little-known Quasi-War of the late eighteenth century. More often, they have tried to curb American influence in peaceful ways while furthering their own ends.”

— Max Boot, author of The Savage Wars of Peace

“If we grow exasperated at the French and demand gratitude, expect shared purpose, and wish friendship, we will probably grow only more exasperated–since John Miller and Mark Molesky show that French animosities are centuries old and derive from who Americans are rather than from what we do. Their romp through our shared history would almost be funny–if it were not so sad in the present post–9-11 world.”

— Victor Davis Hanson, author of Carnage and Culture and The Western Way of War;
Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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