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France on the Brink

by Jonathan Fenby Arcade (August 05, 2014)

This completely revised and fully updated edition of the book Bill Bryson called “superb” presents a sharply insightful, authoritative portrait of France today as it struggles to live up to its vision of...


Lieutenant Schreiber's Country

by Andreï Makine Arcade (May 01, 2018)

Jean-Claude Servan-Schreiber enlisted in the French army at the outset of World War II and quickly rose to the rank of lieutenant. Despite his patriotism and courage in defending his country, in which he narrowly...


The Essence of Provence

by Pierre Magnan & Richard Seaver Arcade (November 21, 2011)

The extraordinary rags-to-riches tale of Olivier Baussan and the roadside soap stand that became L’Occitane, one of the world’s most successful purveyors of natural fragrances. Founded in 1976 by Olivier...


(Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living

by Mark Greenside Skyhorse (May 08, 2018)

Every year upon arriving in Plobien, the small Breton town where he spends his summers, American writer Mark Greenside picks back up where he left off with his faux-pas–filled Francophile life. Mellowed and...


Exile, Writer, Soldier, Spy

by Soledad Fox Maura Arcade (July 10, 2018)

In this gripping, authoritative biography, Soledad Fox Maura reveals the tumultuous true-life story of the Oscar-nominated screenwriter responsible for Z and The War Is Over.

A man of many faces, Jorge Semprún...


1215 and All That

by Ed West Skyhorse (October 10, 2017)

1215 is one of the most famous dates in English history, and with good reason, since it marks the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the English barons, which altered the entire course of English and...


Voices of the Foreign Legion

by Adrian D. Gilbert Skyhorse (July 01, 2014)

The French Foreign Legion has built a reputation as one of the world’s most formidable and colorful military institutions. Established as a means of absorbing foreign troublemakers, the Legion spearheaded...


Somme 1916

by Paul Kendall Skyhorse (June 28, 2016)

What really happened on the first day of the Somme?

Much controversy has surrounded the Somme offensive relating to its justification and its impact upon the course of the war. General Sir Douglas Haig's policies...