Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong
Why We Love France but Not the French
Paperback ISBN: 1402200455
"Sixty Million Frenchmen does its job marvelously well. After reading it, you may still think the French are arrogant, aloof, and high-handed, but you will know why." --Wall Street Journal Decrypting French ideas about land, food, privacy, and language, and more, the authors weave together the threads of French society for a fresh take on a country that no one can seem to understand.
The Seven Ages of Paris
Hardcover ISBN: 0679454810
Traces the development of Paris from the twelfth century to the mid-twentieth century, identifying seven key periods in the city's history, from the medieval and Renaissance ages, through revolutionary and Napoleonic Paris, to the German occupation during World War II and its liberation. 30,000 first printing.
The French Overseas Penal Colonies, 1854–1952
Hardcover ISBN: 0803244495
For French criminologists and colonialists of the mid-nineteenth century, the penal colonies of Guiana and New Caledonia seemed to satisfy two needs, namely, to incarcerate a growing number of criminals and to supply manpower for these developing colonies. But were these two goals not contradictory? Was the primary purpose of the penal colonies to punish or to colonize? In the prisons, inmates found means of subversion, guards resisted militaristic discipline, and camp commanders fought physicians for authority. Back in the metropole, journalistic expos catered to the publics fascination with the penal colonies horror and exoticism. An understanding of modern France is not complete without an examination of this institution, which existed for more than a century and imprisoned more than one hundred thousand people. Stephen A. Toth invites readers to experience the prisons firsthand. Through a careful analysis of criminal case files, administrative records, and prisoner biographies, Toth reconstructs life in the penal colonies and examines how the social sciences, tropical medicine, and sensational journalism evaluated and exploited the inmates experiences. In exploring the disjuncture between the real and the imagined, he moves beyond mythic characterizations of the penal colonies to reveal how power, discipline, and punishment were construed and enforced in these prison outposts.
Lincoln in American Memory
Hardcover ISBN: 0195065700
A noted historian traces the place of Abraham Lincoln in the imaginations of Americans from the time of his death to the present day, showing how people have shaped the image of the great president to suit their own agendas.
Hardcover ISBN: 0060172142
The product of more than ten years of exhaustive research, a unique, single-volume biography by a historian and scholar traces Napoleon's spectacular rise and fall, his campaigns of conquest, his reorganization of France's government, and his personal life.
Catherine De Medici
Renaissance Queen of France
Paperback ISBN: 0060744936
A sympathetic portrait of the Renaissance-era queen of France seeks to reveal her skills as a ruler in spite of her violent reputation, describing her suffering at the hands of Henry IV, the power politics that marked her rule, her talents as a strategist and conspirator, and the circumstances that led to the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.