Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France [Polly Platt] on If I was to buy just one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?. 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. Polly Platt was an American author specializing in books related to Americans living or working anger and disorientation culled from the seminars became the centerpiece of Platt’s bestselling book on French culture, French or Foe?.

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The splendors of France make it the most frequently visited country in Europe — 73 million foreigners inincluding 13 million English-speakers — and yet the French themselves provoke such angry reactions. This book completely changed my impression and understanding of French people and culture.

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This is always fatal. Sep 21, Vincent rated it it was ok Shelves: Most of this book is really good.

There’s tons of quality information. The author appears to have a thorough understanding of the differences in culture, behavior, and attitudes of the French and Americans. The third edition tells what happened to various French heroes such as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Yves Saint Laurent and describes events like the reburial of Alexandre Dumas in the Pantheon, the French hall oor fame.


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Rudeness is in the Eye of the Beholder. Beauty and the poetry of life are braided into it.

The French live a strange paradox – they’ve created a strict, ffrench, regimented, hierarchical society, yet they break the rules and do what they want. The book says that every French m I had read French or Foe just before going to live in France for about a year. Now in its third edition and 13th reprint!

This book has fow been the reference for what it is about the French 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. I am now going to reread these books before I go again.

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Their time is a taut ribbon, segmented and rigourously scheduled, while for the French, time simply flows. Frendh warned, however, that Platt wrote this book about a very particular Parisian uber-class whom most of us will never meet when visiting or living in the “real” France. Fun to read before my trip to France.

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It was fun to read about all the differences between France and America and a little background about why.


I have purchased many books about France, but these were by far the most ir. Gave me things to think about, in terms of life here, as well as life in France. A merican cultural anthropologist Edward T.

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French or Foe? French-American Cultural Differences

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There’s no need to look like an “Ugly American” or even a tourist for that matter while you’re there. I mean, snooping around someone’s house is rude, whether you live in the US or in France. I still had a McDonald’s manager treat me with rudeness after I took a photo of the storefront, but I attribute this to the nearly imbred tactic to be as rude as possible.

Published September 1st by Distribooks first published June 1st But their personal relations in Paris and all over the country are those of a village. I tend to feel the same way! Mar 14, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. One of my managers playfully grabbed the left buttock of an art-department mother-of-two In contrast, French or Foe offers a realistic look at the differences in world views between Americans and English among others and French.