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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    What a Piece of Idiocy

    Hard task to evaluate so a biased, preposterous book. It is not to be a JEW, as he say, what does not helps in France to get good will it is to be such an stupid moron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2005

    TOUGH BUT FAIR

    I've been reading Richard Chesnoff's cogent reports from around the world for more than 25 years, and his new book 'Arrogance of the French' has to be the best yet. An always keen and honest reporter, Chesnoff has managed to bare the heart and soul of a failing, duplicitous France with tough but always fair conclusions. Anyone who wants to understand why the French are always there when they need us will want to read 'Arrogance of the French' .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2005

    Chesnoff's agenda?

    This book is well suited for readers who need to reinforce their biases in order to feel 'good' about themselves and discover new enemies. Mr. Chesnoff blurs the line between arrogance and pride. Is it possible that the French might be proud to have the best health care system in the world (according to the WHO) which is enjoyed by every citizen?; the second highest longevity in the world (after Japan's)?; one of the lowest infant mortality in the world?; the fastest and more punctual trains on earth?; a consortium civilian aircraft industry poised to dethrone Boeing?; a satellite-launching program that overtook NASA's years ago?; a worker's productivity superior to Americans' (according to The Economist)?; a 35-hour work week and a 5-week vacation per year?, to cite the most prominent statistics. Mr. Chesnoff also fails to distinguish between an 'ally' and a 'lackey'. Mr. Chirac is an ally, albeit a difficult one who often doesn't agree with America's policies. His opposition to the Iraq war was shared by 80% of the world at large and approximately 40% of Americans, a figure that has now risen to 60%-70%. In truth, the question is not whether or not he was correct but, how can these arrogant French oppose us, the most powerful nation on earth? On the other hand, Mr. Blair is widely viewed as an American lackey given his blind and unquestioning acquiescence to every word uttered by the current American administration. When we claim that the French are ungrateful to America for saving France from Hitler's grip, should they claim that we Americans are ungrateful to France (under Louis XVI) for having bankrolled the American war of independence and for the Marquis de Lafayette having played a major role in its outcome? Mr. Chesnoff's assertion that the French are anti-Semitic fails to inform his readers that most anti-Semitic acts are traceable to a few discontented among France's 5 million Muslims. As a Jew himself, he is surely aware that Napoleon was the first western leader to grant Jews living in France social and legal prerogatives not enjoyed anywhere else. That was more than a century before the US began to enact laws to end discrimination against blacks. Today, more Jews live in France than in any other European country and more of them have risen to political power than anywhere else outside Israel. As a frequent visitor of France, I can attest that the French detest the current American administration as much as they like Americans, as exemplified by Le Monde's expression of solidarity on 9/12/01: 'WE ARE ALL AMERICANS' read the 1/2 page bold headline. Finally, if in fact the French hate America and Americans, Mr. Chesnoff's book will further alienate them. If not, he might succeed in awakening that feeling among them. Either way, he will have succeeded in exacerbating Americans' animosity or hatred for all that is French and, best of all, he will laugh all the way to the bank.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us--and Why the Feeling Is Mutual

    France is living in the illusion that it is still a powerful nation, still a creative cultural force. In point of fact, it may still make good wine, but it has sunken into smug mediocrity on most other levels - a point that Richard Chesnoff makes eminently clear in 'The Arrogance of the French'. Our erstwhile friends in the hexagon better face up to reality! Chesnoff has put his keen journalist's finger on two problems: France's disloyal relationship with America - which saved its derriere twice in less than 40 years - and France's own festering internal problems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

    An author with a chip on his shoulder and a tunnel vision

    This book targets readers with superficial database who need to reinforce their biases and discover new enemies. Mr. Chesnoff confuses arrogance and pride. Perhaps he should have added some statitics that might explain French pride: They have the best health care system in the world (according to the WHO) which is enjoyed by every citizen; the second highest longevity in the world (after Japan's); one of the lowest infant mortality in the world; the fastest and more punctual trains on earth; a consortium civilian aircraft industry poised to dethrone Boeing; a satellite-launching program that overtook NASA's years ago; a worker's productivity superior to ours'(according to The Economist); a 35-hour work week and a 5-week vaccation per year, to cite the most prominent statistics. Mr. Chesnoff also fails to distinguish between an 'ally' and a 'lackey'. Mr. Chirac is an ally, albeit a difficult one that often doesn't agree with America's policies. On the other hand, Mr. Blair is now viewed as an American lakey given his blind and unquestioning acquiescence to every word uttered by the current American administration. When it is said that the French are ungreatful to America for saving it from Hitler's grip, it is easy to forget that it was Louis XVI who bankrolled the American war of independence and the Marquis de Lafayette who played a major role in its outcome. Mr. Chesnoff's assertion that the French are anti-semitic doesn't square with the fact that a Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte, was the first western leader to grant Jews living in France social and legal prerogatives not enjoyed elsewhere. This occured more than a century before we began to enact laws to end discrimination against blacks. Today, more Jews live in France than in any other European country and many of them have risen to political power, including D. Strauss-Kahn, L. Fabius, F. Hollande, N. Sarkozy, and S. Weil among others. Viewed as a tongue-in-cheek satire by an obviously biased author this book has its place but Mr. Chesnoff doesn't have the database or the aptitute to write seriously in the areas of psychology of nations and geopolitics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2005

    Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us--and Why the Feeling Is Mutual

    Chesnoff's 'Arrogance of the French' hits them right where it hurts most - in their elevated egos. The French are always there - when they need US but never there when we need them and this book spells it all out with wit and facts about why they are the way they are and how we can react to them. It is charmingly written. I hope it is being translated and that it will appear in a French edition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us--and Why the Feeling Is Mutual

    This hilarious, well-written and non-elitist analysis of the French and their oddly supercilious attitude towards the United States (and most everyone else, for that matter) is the best book that this frequent flier to France has ever read on the subject. Chesnoff not only writes well, but he has captured the essence of French arrogance in a way that will leave readers smiling. A must for anyone who want to understand the land of high haught!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us--and Why the Feeling Is Mutual

    I had the good fortune to read a galley proof of Richard Chesnoff's hilarious and well written new book 'The Arrogance of the French: Why They Can't Stand Us & Why The Feeling is Mutual.' As a frequent visitor to France I always enjoy the aesthetics, food and shopping - but have never been able to fathom the French: their frequent discourtesy, often kneejerk anti-Americanism and their strange way of thinking. This astute book explains it all in a quick and funny read. Take 'Arrogance Of The French' on your next trip to Paris! You'll laugh and learn, arriving in France with an understanding of our long standing love/hate affair with the French. Bon Voyage!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    Racist Neo-Conservative Shit

    This book reveals the scope of american complexes toward older and better culturally developed, european nation. Against the intentions of author it shows american elevated ego that can't stand any gentle opposition from the modern democratic world. It's funny how France irritated Americans with its stance against Dubya and his arrogant GIs. My advice: we should learn oursleves respect toward a superior culture instead of dreaming that we are equal of a nation that was already in the middle ages.

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