Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong : What makes the French so French, Paperback

Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't be Wrong : What makes the French so French Paperback

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The French drink, smoke and eat more fat than anyone in the world, yet they live longer and have fewer heart problems than the English and the Americans.

They work 35-hour weeks and take seven weeks' paid holiday each year, yet they are the world's fourth-biggest economic power.

So how do they do it? From a distance modern France looks like a riddle. It is both rigidly authoritarian, yet incredibly inventive; traditional (even archaic) yet modern; lacking clout on the international stage yet still hugely influential.

But with the observations, anecdotes and analysis of the authors, who spent nearly three years living in France, it begins to makes sense. 'Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong' is a journey into the French heart, mind and soul.

This book reveals French ideas about land, food, privacy and language and weaves together the threads of French society, uncovering the essence of life in France and giving, for the first time, a complete picture of the French.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, No illustrations
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cultural studies
  • ISBN: 9781861057150



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Nadeau and Barlow embark in a thorough journey to determine what make the French tick from a North American perspective. This book has become somewhat of a bible for North Americans who wish to experience France and with reason. The book is carefully crafted into various themes, easy to read and well-researched. The authors are careful to stay objective but occasionally interject making their effort personable. This last edition dates from 2002, but I feel it is still largely applicable. I hope they continue to update their work: I would be interested to find out their take on Sarkozy and the new shift in French politics.