Vice et Versailles: Crimes, trahisons et autres emprisonnements au palais du Roi-Soleil

By Alain Baraton

Au palais des monarques, le drame est roi : assassinats, forfaits en tous genres, règlements de compte, empoisonnements, attentats, disparitions, duels, vols et complots hantent le domaine. Versailles, c’est l. a. grande boutique des horreurs. awareness toutefois, l’histoire, dans los angeles demeure de Louis XIV, a le goût du classicisme et de l. a. bonne mesure. Pas de chiens écrasés en dress d’époque, mais des machinations, machiavéliques, implacables comme des tragédies grecques, des meurtres, sanglants, atroces, mais qui ne laissent pas de taches, des mystères, épais comme le velours des tentures et qui n’ont jamais été élucidés. Le palais du Roi Soleil a aussi une half d’ombre, méconnue: plongeons en frissonnant, dans son éclatante obscurité.

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The Great French Revolution

By Paul McGarr

From overseas Socialism no.43 'Marxism and the nice French Revolution'

An first-class introductory account to the French Revolution. McGarr doesn't reside in nice aspect at the info of the Revolution, who prefer to color a normal photo that concentrates at the forces clashing inside French society. the following, McGarr provides the reader a feeling of the altering nature of French society and the tensions constructing inside of it.

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Le Mexique

By Alain Rouquié

Le Mexique est aujourd’hui l. a. 13e puissance mondiale et l. a. 2e en Amérique latine après le Brésil. Donné en modèle aux autres États du continent dans les années 1990, il a désormais l’image d’un will pay incertain, enlisé dans ses problèmes de sécurité interne, peu présent sur l. a. scène internationale et en proie à des crises économiques à répétition. Pour comprendre cette trajectoire, on ne peut faire abstraction d’un fait géographique déterminant : ses three 2 hundred km de frontière commune avec les États-Unis. L’histoire du Mexique a été marquée de manière indélébile par cette contiguïté intangible, pour le pire comme pour le meilleur. Les États-Unis sont depuis 1890 le premiere partenaire advertisement du Mexique, et dix hundreds of thousands de Mexicains, au moins, vivent de l’autre côté du Rio Bravo. Les États-Unis influencent aussi, par motion ou par omission, à travers l’opinion ou par des mesures gouvernementales, les grandes orientations de l. a. politique mexicaine. Les optimistes, des deux côtés de l. a. frontière, saluent cette interdépendance. Les pessimistes craignent que l’avenir du Mexique, ne soit à terme celui d’un « État libre associé », autrement dit un significant Porto Rico, riche en ressources naturelles et humaines. Toute l’ambiguïté et toute los angeles singularité du Mexique viennent de là, de son statut d’« État nord-américain » et de sa relation avec son « pire ami », son voisin. Ce livre suggest une lecture du Mexique contemporain à travers ce prisme, qui constitue l’exceptionnalité de ce grand État « émergent ».

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Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the Côte d'Azur

By Jim Ring

The Riviera has encouraged numerous novelists and artists, attracted as a lot by means of its viewers as by way of its situation (Somerset Maugham known as it 'a sunny position for shady people'). yet for almost all of the English, the Riviera used to be made well-known through hearsay and file: it was once the scene of the romance of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson; and, post-war, grew to become the holiday spot of Hollywood starlets. however the Côte d'Azur has a protracted heritage of attracting international celebrities and royalty, because the 17th century, while it was once a preventing element at the path south for aristocratic Grand travelers.

Later, English and Scottish invalids, between them Robert Louis Stevenson, doctors' orders and holidayed at the Riviera for his or her healthiness. Jim Ring explores those origins and the advancements that came about at the coast - the influence of rail commute, of struggle, of megastar and of the English. '

Reviews
An pleasing survey . . . it's the excellent booklet to conceal your smirk at the back of at the prom des Anglais as yet one more roller-blading granny glides previous in a leopard-sking thong.' Sunday Telegraph

Jim Ring's Riviera corrals an array of vignettes of the Côte d'Azur's most renowned habitués from the Romans to the Rolling Stones . . . a classy and pleasingly gossipy assessment of the region's fluctuating fortunes.' Time Out

'A hugely readable history.' Guardian

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In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France

By Susan Herrmann Loomis

A pleasant occasion of French existence and the chefs who flip even the easiest nutrition into an social gathering
 
Even earlier than Susan Herrmann Loomis wrote her now-classic memoir, On Rue Tatin, American readers were forced via books concerning the French’s ease with cooking. With In a French Kitchen, Loomis—an expat who some time past traded her American supermarket for a bustling French farmer’s market—demystifies in energetic prose the possible easy je ne sais quoi at the back of an easy French meal.
 
One by way of one, readers are invited to satisfy the busy humans of Louviers and surrounding villages and cities of Loomis’s followed domestic, from runway-chic Edith, who has 0 ardour for cooking—but a love of foodstuff that evokes her to whip up an array of mouthwatering dishes—to Nathalie, who turns into misty-eyed as she talks approximately her mother’s Breton cooking, then is going directly to reproduce it. via acquaintances and acquaintances like those, Loomis learns that scrumptious, even decadent nutrients don’t must be complicated.
 
Are French chefs larger geared up whilst making plans and buying? have they got a better skill to improvise with no matter what they've got available while unforeseen site visitors arrive? the reply to either is: convinced. yet additionally they have an innate knowing of foodstuff and cooking, are instinctively acquainted with seasonal produce, and comprehend what mix of easy materials will deliver out the simplest in their gardens or neighborhood markets.
 
Thankfully for American readers, In a French Kitchen shares the typical French suggestions, secrets and techniques, and eighty-five recipes that permit them to show each meal right into a luxurious celebration.

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First Thousand Words in French

By Heather Amery

This ebook has huge photos for having a look and speaking, surrounded via small, labelled photos of one thousand of the main commonly used issues, to accumulate and perform French vo cabulary. this can be subsidized up through an alphabetical thesaurus wit h pronunciation courses. '

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Seven Ages of Paris

By Alistair Horne

During this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne supplies us the background, tradition, mess ups, and triumphs of 1 of the world’s really nice towns. Horne makes simple that whereas Paris can be many stuff, it truly is by no means boring.

From the increase of Philippe Auguste in the course of the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who deserted Paris for Versailles); Napoleon’s upward push and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris (at the price of a lot of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the good conflict that introduced it to an finish; the Nazi profession, the Liberation, and the postwar interval ruled by means of de Gaulle--Horne brings the city’s highs and lows, savagery and class, and heroes and villains wonderfully to existence. With a prepared eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal second, he portrays an array of vibrant incidents to teach us how Paris endures via every one age, is altered yet constantly emerges extra great and lovely than ever. The Seven a while of Paris is a smart historian’s tribute to a urban he loves and has spent a life-time studying to grasp.

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A Year in the Merde

By Stephen Clarke

Based on Stephen Clarke's personal reports and with names replaced to "avoid embarrassment, attainable felony motion, and to avoid the author's legs being damaged through anyone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit," A yr within the Merde provides ideal leisure for Francophiles and Francophobes alike.

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Five Hundred Buildings of Paris

By Kathy Borrus

Five hundred attractive duotone pictures exhibit the best, such a lot majestic, and fascinating examples of structure in a single of the world's such a lot liked cities

The maximum constructions, monuments, and constructions of Paris come to lifestyles in those inspiring, neighborhood-by-neighborhood photographic excursions. each one construction is featured in a wealthy, fine-resolution duotone picture. info together with the building's identify, its deal with and placement, and 12 months finishing touch or maintenance is incorporated beneath the picture. a short description of every development, which highlights its exact beneficial properties and locations it in old context, is integrated in the back of the book.

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Vanity Fair [FR], Issue 22 (April 2015)

Brillant dehors, mordant dedans, mariage inédit du glamour et de l’investigation, tous les mois, self-importance reasonable ouvre à ses lecteurs les portes dérobées de los angeles tradition, de l. a. politique, des affaires et de l. a. mode, célèbre les légendes d’hier, débusque les classiques de demain, conte les grandes sagas du jour. Photographies iconiques, récits lengthy structure et regard amusé sur l’écume de l’époque, vainness reasonable est los angeles chronique mensuelle des temps actuels.

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