a great read. I bit grim to read in one go.. I read a bit of ancient then flipped to some modern and flipped back to the brutal war stories when I was ready. Great reading for anyone but should be on the undergraduate history curriculum for required reading.
Yes, this is a history book and, yes, it is long (500+ pages) but what a good light read. You can pick it up and put it down and still enjoy it, but you may want to binge read because it is so entertaining. Clarke is hilarious, I think, in his recounting of the history and rivalry between the English and the French. He delves into the backgrounds of many historical moments to show how the French have glossed over some of the 'help' they received in order to come out as French mainstream history portrays them. The personalities involved, both English and French, with their greed, vision, venal desires and idiosyncrasies all dictated the turbulent history that has resulted in the two nations continuing to agree to disagree. From all the English Henrys and Edwards to the French Louis's, Napoleon, the amazing de Gaulle, and the subsequent presidents, Clarke treats us to anecdote after anecdote, and paints a picture of neighbours who will always be practising oneupmanship.
A different and humorous take on British history that is well worth your time, the book and filled with fascinating and at times rather "shocking" tidbits of information
Very enjoyable read~!
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