France Against Herself, by Herbert Luethy
When so able a writer as Herbert Luethy deals at length with so important a topic as France’s position in the modern world, the resulting work has to be taken seriously. This is all the more true since the picture Luethy draws is one that fits the self-critical mood in which the French elite has lived since the liberation. It is therefore paying both the book and the author a compliment to say that it stimulates not only admiration but criticism: admiration for its brilliance, criticism on account of its lopsided treatment of some key issues and its relative neglect of features that do not fit the central theme.
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