Polly Platt's title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than ever before. Her book has long been the reference for what it is about theFrench that rubs Americans the wrong way, why the Franco-American alliance has difficulties, and how to handle ...Read MorePolly Platt's title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than ever before. Her book has long been the reference for what it is about theFrench that rubs Americans the wrong way, why the Franco-American alliance has difficulties, and how to handle French people.... and find out, she says, "how wonderful they are." Now in the third edition, she examines the revolution of the last few years brought about by the computer and the Internet. Interviews with many American and French executives explain the differences .. and the similarities .. in procedures in the work place compared five years ago. In addition, French or Foe?Us third edition describes the "French exceptions" of the last few years: the Messier scandal, the reasons why France was voted the Workers' Paradise in 2002; the romantic Look, version 2003; the government's new measures toRead Less
Hear about this book from NPR interview w/author Polly Platt. Wonderfully insightful and amusing guide to the French and their ways. I've bought many copies of this book and am always pressing them on people. Can't help it.
Apr 26, 2012
Extremely Helpful Insights Into The French Culture
Received this as a gift prior to first visit to Paris this year. Although much of the information seems geared toward those living or working in France, I found it extremely helpful. Keep in mind that 21st Century Globalization has had its affects... some "rules" seem to have softened somewhat since this book was written.
Platt has a fun and entertaining style. Enjoyable read.
Jun 26, 2009
Those French have a different word for everything
Platt , an American who lived in France 25 years, provides clear and useful information about living and working in France and enjoying the experience. What can appear as rudeness or coldness, or deliberate lack of helpfulness, has cultural roots that go back more than a thousand years. Platt has great affection for the French and covers almost any situation one could encounter. She also explains what the French like about Americans.
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