JONATHAN FENBY is a former editor of the UK Observer and of the South China Morning Post. He is the author of several books including the acclaimed The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved and Chiang Kai-shek: China's Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost. In 2013 Jonathan was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur by the French government for his contribution towards understanding between Britain and France.
Well narrated...Mr. Fenby is a commonsensical yet sensitive analyst...a useful compendium of France's failed political responses to its stunningly fractious history since 1789. - Wall Street Journal Quelle histoire!... A good feel for political atmosphere... This book is a feast of tidbits about French history The writing is consistently lively in this way, the presentation jazzed up with sidebars sand timelines. - New York Times Book Review For all the confusion, twisting and turning of politics, student revolts, and peasant uprisings, France has survived, and Fenby dutifully guides us through. A capable history sure to appeal to all lovers of France. - Kirkus Reviews his humorous stories ... are delightful - Publishers Weekly general readers will find excellent value in this effort to understand this influential nation. - Booklist Fenby s accessible prose utilizes non sequitur and a light touch to good effect. He successfully conveys to general readers two centuries of intricate political and economic facts and figures in a well-recommended, thoroughly engrossing narrative - Library Journal I recommend this history to those who appreciate the playful ironies of French culture. Historical novelists will find a rich vein of information not only within its detailed discussion of revolution and republics, but also in its notes and bibliography. - Historical Novels Review