The French: serious and frivolous, charming and infuriating, rational and mystical, pessimistic, pleasure-loving - and perhaps more than any other people, intellectual. This original and entertaining book shows exactly what makes the French so ... French.
There could be no wiser or more witty guide to the problems of France today. Julian Jackson Times Literary Supplement
Sudhir Hazareesingh was born in Mauritius. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and has been a Fellow and Tutor in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford, since 1990. Among his books are
The Legend of Napoleon (Granta, 2004) and
Le Mythe Gaullien (Gallimard, 2010). He won the Prix du Mémorial d'Ajaccio and the Prix de la Fondation Napoléon for the first of these, and a Prix d'Histoire du Sénat for the second.