The French Exception

Emmanuel Macron - the Extraordinary Rise and Risk

Author: Adam Plowright

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 9781785783623

Category: France

Page: 376

View: 2182

An illuminating portrait of France's youngest ever President and what his victory means for Europe and the world
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The French Exception

Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk

Author: Adam Plowright

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1785783122

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

View: 9930

'Adam Plowright's excellent book captures the strangeness of Macron’s life' Evening Standard THE FIRST BIOGRAPHY OF EMMANUEL MACRON IN ENGLISH From total unknown to one of Europe's most powerful men in just a few years, at 39, France's youngest leader since Napoleon is intent on conquering the world stage. But what lies beneath the façade of this youthful, ultra-confident and calculating president? How did someone from small-town France assemble -- in just 12 months -- the network, team and finances to win the presidency? Now elected, can he make the French feel better about themselves? Can he rally Europe around him and turn the tide of right-wing nationalism sweeping the continent? Critically, what will his presidency mean for Britain? Featuring never-before printed interviews with key members of Macron’s team, his friends, mentors and political detractors, acclaimed Paris-based journalist Adam Plowright asks: can the shine on this brilliant new president last? And for how long?
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Revolution Française

Emmanuel Macron and the quest to reinvent a nation

Author: Sophie Pedder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472948629

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9953

He emerged from nowhere to seize the presidency, defeat populism and upend French party politics. Who is Emmanuel Macron? How far can he really change France? In Revolution Française, Sophie Pedder examines the first year in office of France's youngest and most exciting president in modern times, with unique perspective from her time as head of The Economist's Paris bureau. President Emmanuel Macron's vision for France is far more radical than many realise. His remarkable ascent from obscurity to the presidency is both a dramatic story of personal ambition and the tale of a wounded once-proud country in deep need of renewal. What shaped this enigmatic character, the precociously bright student and talented networker from northern France; the philosophy graduate and Rothschild banker who married his school drama teacher? How did a political outsider manage to defy the unwritten rules of the Fifth Republic and secure the presidency at his first attempt? And what are the underlying ideas behind his vision? This book chronicles Macron's remarkable rise from independent outsider to the Élysée Palace, situating the achievement in a broader context: France's slide into self-doubt, political gridlock and a seeming reluctance to embrace change; the roots of populism and discontent; the fractures caused by globalisation and the Le Pen factor. Looking back on the young president's dramatic first year in power, with analysis of his key reforms and lofty ambitions, it asks how far it is possible for Macron to reinvent a conservative nation uneasy about embracing the future. Can the man nicknamed 'Jupiter' really return France to its former greatness, or will he, by the time his mandate expires, end up as just another side note in political history? Punctuated with first-hand conversations and reporting, this book takes on all of these questions, concluding with a fascinating and exclusive interview with Macron recorded in early 2018. Pedder's riveting, and essential, book will be one of the most captivating political books of this year.
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Revolution

Author: Emmanuel Macron

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9352774221

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 4667

It was a French election the world watched with anxiety in 2017. There was a wave of populism, fierce nationalism and anti-immigration angst sweeping across Europe and America - from Britain's unanimous vote to exit the European Union to the divisive election of Donald Trump in the US. Many feared that France too would concede to the aggressive right-wing phenomenon by electing Marine Le Pen, the leader of a far-right party that had for long been on the fringes of French politics. And so the victory of Emmanuel Macron - investment banker-turned-politician who had never held elected office before - was celebrated with a sense of relief. His message of openness, optimism, reform and hope had as much resonance in India as the rest of the world. The Guardian called his win an 'epochal political upheaval' not witnessed since the French Revolution of 1789. In Revolution, Emmanuel Macron, the youngest president in the history of France, reveals his personal history and his inspirations, and discusses his vision of France and its future in a new world that is undergoing a 'great transformation'. This is a remarkable book that seeks to lay the foundations for a new society - a compelling testimony and statement of values by an important global political leader who has become the flag-bearer for a new kind of politics - evocative in its scope, ambition and vision of Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope.
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Inside the Mind of Marine Le Pen

Author: Michel Eltchaninoff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1849049343

Category: France

Page: 217

View: 1849

What is the core ideology of France's Front national? In the age of Brexit and President Trump, what lies behind the FN's success in growing the audience for identity-based politics? Has the party really changed its ways? This is a probing enquiry into the thought of Marine Le Pen and the party under her leadership, seeking answers in her rhetoric, the history of French nationalism and unique insights shared by far-right specialists and members of the Le Pen entourage - including Jean-Marie Le Pen himself. Marine Le Pen has undeniably transformed her party - but she has not cast off the pillars of its tradition. The ideas betrayed in her speeches - her philosophical references and intellectual influences - reveal her message of a new kind of totalitarianism, grinding and liberal, and her vision for anuncompromising Republic: beyond right and left, confronting new enemies and aligned with Putin's Russia. Michel Eltchaninoff offers a thoughtful and engrossing look at how the FN's thought has been updated and rejuvenated by its new leader. Whatever Marine Le Pen is thinking, it has left the French far right stronger than at any time in the party's history.
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The 2017 French Presidential Elections

A Political Reformation?

Author: Jocelyn Evans,Gilles Ivaldi

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319683276

Category: Political Science

Page: 282

View: 9423

​Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the 2017 presidential elections represents one of the most important disruptions to French political life since the establishment of the Fifth Republic. This book analyses the political opportunities enabling a neophyte to conquer the Elysée, and the conditions leading to the unprecedented presidential runoff between this centrist EU enthusiast and pro-globalization candidate and the nationalistic/populist alternative embodied by Marine Le Pen. The book begins by considering trends in party competition and presidentialism in modern France, notably presidential primaries and their impact on party competition. It then moves to considering the role traditional explanatory factors in elections, namely policies and voter profiles, played in the result. Finally, it examines the dynamics of President Macron’s success in the legislatives, and how he dominated the traditional party blocs. This book will appeal to students of French politics as well as those interested in electoral behaviour and European political systems.
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Lost Shepherd

How Pope Francis is Misleading His Flock

Author: Philip F. Lawler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621577538

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 588

Faithful Catholics are beginning to realize it’s not their imagination. Pope Francis has led them on a journey from joy to unease to alarm and even a sense of betrayal. They can no longer pretend that he represents merely a change of emphasis in papal teaching. Assessing the confusion sown by this pontificate, Lost Shepherd explains what’s at stake, what’s not at stake, and how loyal believers should respond.
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The Passion of Michel Foucault

Author: James Miller,Jim Miller

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674001572

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 491

View: 7389

Based on extensive new research and a bold interpretation of the man and his texts, The Passion of Michel Foucault is a startling look at one of this century's most influential philosophers. It chronicles every stage of Foucault's personal and professional odyssey, from his early interest in dreams to his final preoccupation with sexuality and the nature of personal identity.
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A Life in Questions

Author: Jeremy Paxman

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008128316

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 1407

News, views and hilarious stories from the legend of Newsnight and long-standing quiz master of University Challenge. ‘Bursting with good things’ Daily Telegraph
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Angela Merkel

Europe's Most Influential Leader

Author: Matthew Qvortrup

Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co

ISBN: 0715650807

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 9799

The illuminating and in-depth biography of Angela Merkel, using exclusive new sources and research to tell how the daughter of a clergyman from East Germany rose to become arguably the most powerful politician in Europe. Angela Merkel is an extraordinary woman: born a pastor’s daughter, she earned a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry and, despite having no political experience, succeeded in becoming the first female German Chancellor. She has transformed German and European politics; her achievements at home and abroad have seen her top the Forbes Most Powerful Women list ten times; and she is still going strong aft er more than a decade in office. Her trajectory is fascinating and impressive, but how has she done it? What drives her? Understanding Merkel is essential for anyone with an eye on in current affairs, especially with Brexit on the horizon. This is the life story of a truly remarkable personality, based on more than a decade’s worth of study and original archival research. It explores the cultural, historical and political influences that shaped Merkel’s character, and combines the narrative of her life with a lively account of the history of Germany from 1945 to the present day.
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iGen

Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Author: Jean M. Twenge

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501152025

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 3140

As seen in Time, USA TODAY, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and on CBS This Morning, BBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR, iGen is crucial reading to understand how the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s up to the mid-2000s, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person—perhaps contributing to their unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. With the first members of iGen just graduating from college, we all need to understand them: friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.
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The Last Royal Rebel

The Life and Death of James, Duke of Monmouth

Author: Anna Keay

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 140884608X

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 1738

James, Duke of Monmouth, the adored illegitimate son of Charles II, was born in exile the year his grandfather was executed and the English monarchy abolished. Abducted from his mother on his father's orders, he emerged from a childhood in the backstreets of Rotterdam to command the ballrooms of Paris, the brothels of Covent Garden and the battlefields of Flanders. Pepys described him as 'the most skittish, leaping gallant that ever I saw, always in action, vaulting or leaping or clambering'. Such was his appeal that when the monarchy itself came under threat, the cry was for Monmouth to succeed Charles II as King. He inspired both delight and disgust, adulation and abhorrence and, in time, love and loyalty almost beyond fathoming. Louis XIV was his mentor, Nell Gwyn his protector, D'Artagnan his lieutenant, William of Orange his confidant, John Dryden his censor and John Locke his comrade. Anna Keay matches rigorous scholarship with a storyteller's gift to enrapturing effect. She brings to life the warm, courageous and handsome Duke of Monmouth, a man who by his own admission 'lived a very dissolute and irregular life', but who was ultimately prepared to risk everything for honour and justice. His life, culminating in his fateful invasion, provides a sweeping history of the turbulent decades in which England as we know it was forged.
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Justin Trudeau

The Natural Heir

Author: Huguette Young

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1459735749

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 232

View: 6146

A National Bestseller • The Hill Times: Best Books of 2016 This unauthorized biography provides a rare look at the real Justin Trudeau, retracing his steps from his early days to the height of power. Having grown up in the shadow of his famous father, a political giant who dominated Canadian politics for almost sixteen years, Justin Trudeau took many detours before discovering that he was a natural politician, with qualities, such as a charismatic ease with the public, that his father never possessed. Yet to most Canadians, Trudeau remains a blank slate. Inexperienced and underestimated, he was able, in his early forties, to catapult the Liberal Party of Canada from third to first place in one giant sweep. It was a historic feat that left a nation amazed and wondering what to expect next. In this unauthorized biography, journalist Huguette Young, who has conducted numerous interviews with Trudeau’s entourage, gives a look inside his inner circle and shows the path his leadership might take. Meant for supporters and skeptics alike, Young’s is a revealing account of one of Canada’s most compelling and enigmatic figures.
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English Book Collectors

Author: William Younger Fletcher,Walter Stanley Graves

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Book collectors

Page: 448

View: 1504

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The Tree Climber’s Guide

Author: Jack Cooke

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0008153922

Category: Nature

Page: 304

View: 5634

‘After I finished this book I alarmed my family by going into the garden and climbing the apple tree.’ – Damian Whitworth, The Times
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Journalism, fake news & disinformation

handbook for journalism education and training

Author: Ireton, Cherilyn,Posetti, Julie

Publisher: UNESCO Publishing

ISBN: 9231002813

Category:

Page: 128

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The Second Nuclear Age

Strategy, Danger, and the New Power Politics

Author: Paul Bracken

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429945044

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 5714

A leading international security strategist offers a compelling new way to "think about the unthinkable." The cold war ended more than two decades ago, and with its end came a reduction in the threat of nuclear weapons—a luxury that we can no longer indulge. It's not just the threat of Iran getting the bomb or North Korea doing something rash; the whole complexion of global power politics is changing because of the reemergence of nuclear weapons as a vital element of statecraft and power politics. In short, we have entered the second nuclear age. In this provocative and agenda-setting book, Paul Bracken of Yale University argues that we need to pay renewed attention to nuclear weapons and how their presence will transform the way crises develop and escalate. He draws on his years of experience analyzing defense strategy to make the case that the United States needs to start thinking seriously about these issues once again, especially as new countries acquire nuclear capabilities. He walks us through war-game scenarios that are all too realistic, to show how nuclear weapons are changing the calculus of power politics, and he offers an incisive tour of the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia to underscore how the United States must not allow itself to be unprepared for managing such crises. Frank in its tone and farsighted in its analysis, The Second Nuclear Age is the essential guide to the new rules of international politics.
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The Confidence Gap

A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Author: Russ Harris

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834827662

Category: Self-Help

Page: 240

View: 8250

Too many of us miss out on opportunities in life because we lack self-confidence. Whether it's public speaking, taking on a leadership role, or asking someone for a date, there are situations in which we just don't feel equipped to handle the challenges we face. Russ Harris offers a surprising solution to low self-confidence, shyness, and insecurity: Rather than trying to "get over" our fears, he says, the secret is to form a new and wiser relationship with them. Paradoxically, it's only when we stop struggling against our fearfulness that we begin to find lasting freedom from it. Drawing on the techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a cutting-edge form of cognitive-behavioral therapy, The Confidence Gap explains how to: • Free yourself from common misconceptions about what confidence is and how to build it • Transform your relationship with fear and anxiety • Clarify your core values and use them as your inspiration and motivation • Use mindfulness to effectively handle negative thoughts and feelings.
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The End of Europe

Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age

Author: James Kirchick

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300227787

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 2246

Once the world’s bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the European postwar consensus apart. In riveting dispatches from this unfolding tragedy, James Kirchick shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for “Brexit;” examines how a vast migrant wave is exacerbating tensions between Europeans and their Muslim minorities; explores the rising anti-Semitism that causes Jewish schools and synagogues in France and Germany to resemble armed bunkers; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. With President Trump now threatening to abandon America's traditional role as upholder of the liberal world order and guarantor of the continent's security, Europe may be alone in dealing with these unprecedented challenges. Based on extensive firsthand reporting, this book is a provocative, disturbing look at a continent in unexpected crisis.
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