The Arrogance of the French: Why they hate us and why the feeling is mutual by Richard Z. Chesnoff


During the 1700s and 1800s, the U.S. and France mirrored each other in what was going on with their respective governments, etc. It is because we Americans have many similarities to the French, but we do things differently, that they cannot help but insult us to our faces. The author lived in France and experienced first hand the French distain. The book took a close look at every political (domestic and international) decision France has made and how it affected their political relationships. It shows how they strictly adhere to the “moi-first” policy. They take care of their own interests, regardless of who suffers. The book includes comics of French situations. Contains sarcasm. Any American and/or Englishman would enjoy this book.


The book gave me a good idea of the French mindset and why they think the way they do. It is very ironic that the things the French accuse America of being, they themselves are guilty of these offenses as well. Yet they feel they have the right to say WE need to change. The author was correct when he said that the French don’t like anyone who doesn’t conform to their views.

© Cori Endicott May 2009

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