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This is an auction for FRANCE IN THE NEW CENTURY: PORTRAIT OF A CHANGING SOCIETY by John Ardagh. review:

"John Ardagh established himself as an astute observer of France some 40 years ago and in his latest foray into all things French he reinforces his reputation. Whether he is dealing with the disillusionment of politics or the disappearance of the Parisian pissoir, his portrait of France brings us bang up-to-date. He has an enviable facility for marshalling a mass of facts and figures and fashioning them into an authoritative and highly readable narrative. The book's essence is to evoke a nation undergoing rapid change in which reform meets resistance and the transformation of traditional attitudes traumatic. Ardagh's reporting ranges from the paradoxes of the French "economic miracle" to the cultural conflicts fought our over the direction of its drama and music, cinema and television. He pictures the position of France in Europe and the world while at the same time short-focussing his lens to pinpoint particulars such as the battle of the little shopkeepers against the growth of the hypermarkets. Ardagh is a francophile but his love of the country does not prevent him from being frank about its failings. He finds himself less pessimistic than many of the French about the state of their country, and for anyone seriously interested in understanding what is happening in France today there can be no better starting point than Ardagh's analysis."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: John Ardagh is a writer, free-lance journalist, broadcaster, and lecturer. He has worked on the staff of The Times (London) - mainly in Paris - and on the staff of the Observer.

Hardback 1999.

757 pages.

Good condition.

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