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From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France (“Masterful history” —Henry Kissinger), Zola (“Magnificent” —The New Yorker), and Flaubert (“Impeccable” —James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review)—a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism. Frederick Brown explores the tumultuous forces unleashed in the country by the Dreyfus Affair and its aftermath and examines how the clashing ideologies—the swarm of ’isms—and their blood-soaked political scandals and artistic movements following the horrors of World War I resulted in the country’s era of militant authoritarianism, rioting, violent racism, and nationalistic fervor. We see how these forces overtook the country’s sense of reason, sealing the fate of an entire nation, and led to the fall of France and the rise of the Vichy government. The Embrace of Unreason picks up where Brown’s previous book, For the Soul of France, left off to tell the story of France in the decades leading up to World War II. We see through the lives of three writers (Maurice Barrès, Charles Maurras, and Pierre Drieu La Rochelle) how the French intelligentsia turned away from the humanistic traditions and rationalistic ideals born out of the Enlightenment in favor of submission to authority that stressed patriotism, militarism, and xenophobia; how French extremists, traumatized by the horrors of the battlefront and exalted by the glories of wartime martyrdom, tried to redeem France’s collective identity, as Hitler’s shadow lengthened over Europe. The author writes of the Stavisky Affair, named for the notorious swindler whose grandiose Ponzi scheme tarred numerous political figures and fueled the bloody riots of February 1934, with right-wing paramilitary leagues, already suffering from the worldwide effects of the 1929 stock market crash, decrying Stavisky the Jew as the direct descendant of Alfred Dreyfus and an exemplar of the decaying social order . . . We see the Congress of Writers for the Defense of Culture that, in June 1935, assembled Europe’s most illustrious literati under the sponsorship of the Soviet Union, whose internal feuds anticipated those recounted by George Orwell in his Spanish Civil War memoir Homage to Catalonia . . . Here too, pictured as the perfect representation of Europe’s cultural doomsday, is the Paris World’s Fair of 1937, featuring two enormous pavilions, the first built by Nazi Germany, the second by Soviet Russia, each facing the other like duelists on the avenue leading to the Eiffel Tower, symbol of the French Republic. And near them both, a pavilion devoted to “the art of the festival,” in which speakers and displays insisted that Nazi torchlight parades at Nuremberg should serve as a model for France. Written with historical insight and grasp and made immediate through the use of newspaper articles, journals, and literary works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The Embrace of Unreason brings to life Europe’s darkest modern years.

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9780307595157 | Alfred a Knopf Inc, April 1, 2014, cover price $28.95 | About this edition: From acclaimed biographer and cultural historian, author of For the Soul of France (“Masterful history” —Henry Kissinger), Zola (“Magnificent” —The New Yorker), and Flaubert (“Impeccable” —James Wood, cover, The New York Times Book Review)—a brilliant reconsideration of the events and the political, social, and religious movements that led to France’s embrace of Fascism and anti-Semitism.

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9780307742360 | Reprint edition (Anchor Books, January 6, 2015), cover price $17.95

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Product Description: Young Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in the United States for the first time in May 1831, commissioned by the French government to study the American prison system. For the next nine months he and his companion, Gustave de Beaumont, traveled and observed not only prisons but also the political, economic, and social systems of the early republic...read more
By Frederick Brown (editor)

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9780300181838 | Yale Univ Pr, April 17, 2012, cover price $22.00 | About this edition: Young Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in the United States for the first time in May 1831, commissioned by the French government to study the American prison system.

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Product Description: In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, a defeated and humiliated France split into cultural factions that ranged from those who embraced modernity to those who championed the restoration of throne and altar. This polarization—to which such iconic monuments as the Sacre-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower bear witness—intensified with a succession of grave events over the following decades: the crash of an investment bank founded to advance Catholic interests; the failure of the Panama Canal Company; the fraudulent charge of treason brought against a Jewish officer, Alfred Dreyfus, which resulted in a civil war between his zealous supporters and fanatical antagonists...read more

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9780307266316 | 1 edition (Alfred a Knopf Inc, January 26, 2010), cover price $28.95

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9780307279217 | Reprint edition (Anchor Books, February 8, 2011), cover price $16.00 | About this edition: In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, a defeated and humiliated France split into cultural factions that ranged from those who embraced modernity to those who championed the restoration of throne and altar.

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Product Description: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work...read more

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9781437472745 | Kessinger Pub Co, January 31, 2009, cover price $20.95 | About this edition: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.

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Product Description: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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9781409798972 | Aslan Pr, July 30, 2008, cover price $30.45 | About this edition: Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.

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Product Description: ?National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for BiographyA New York Times Notable BookPublishers Weekly Best Book of the YearIn this riveting landmark biography, Frederick Brown illuminates the life and career of the author of Madame Bovary...read more

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9780674025370 | Harvard Univ Pr, November 30, 2007, cover price $26.50 | About this edition: ?

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A portrait of the nineteenth-century literary master depicts him as a contradictory artist, in a profile that covers such topics as his celebrated correspondence with George Sand, his character trial after the writing of Madame Bovary, and his volatile relationship with the conservative bourgeoisie. 25,000 first printing.

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9780316118781 | Little Brown & Co, April 6, 2006, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: A portrait of the nineteenth-century literary master depicts him as a contradictory artist, in a profile that covers such topics as his celebrated correspondence with George Sand, his character trial after the writing of Madame Bovary, and his volatile relationship with the conservative bourgeoisie.

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Product Description: More than five years after the Paris Agreements established a blueprint for achieving peace in Cambodia, and four years after the United Nations administered Cambodia's first genuinely democratic elections, Cambodian peace and democracy have been shattered and socioeconomic development left in jeopardy by Hun Sen's successful coup...read more

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9780878485321 | Asia Society, June 1, 1998, cover price $15.00 | About this edition: More than five years after the Paris Agreements established a blueprint for achieving peace in Cambodia, and four years after the United Nations administered Cambodia's first genuinely democratic elections, Cambodian peace and democracy have been shattered and socioeconomic development left in jeopardy by Hun Sen's successful coup.

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Product Description: Among the short list of authors whose lives were as exciting as their books, Emile Zola is one of the most eminent. Bestselling author of a series of novels, close companion of C& eacute;zanne and Manet, critic of politicians, clergy, bankers, and businessmen, he acted with a courage that earned him enduring fame when he took on the most venerable of all institutions: the military...read more

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9780374297428 | Farrar Straus & Giroux, May 1, 1995, cover price $37.50 | About this edition: Chronicles the life and work of the French novelist, including his relationship with his father, lackluster academic career, and stellar literary accomplishments that resulted in a quarter century's worth of bestsellers

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9780801854637 | Reprint edition (Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, September 1, 1996), cover price $27.95 | About this edition: Among the short list of authors whose lives were as exciting as their books, Emile Zola is one of the most eminent.

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Product Description: Book by Brown, Frederick

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9780679722533 | Reprint edition (Vintage Books, May 1, 1989), cover price $2.98 | About this edition: Book by Brown, Frederick

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9780884118916 | Reprint edition (Amereon Ltd, June 1, 1976), cover price $8.95 | About this edition: Book by Brown, Frederick

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