National Review reporter Miller (The Unmaking of Americans ) and Harvard lecturer Molesky focus quite single-mindedly on destr"/>

OUR OLDEST ENEMY: A History of America's Disastrous Relationship with France

John J. Miller, Author, Mark Molesky, Author . Doubleday $24.95 (294p) ISBN 978-0-385-51219-0

National Review reporter Miller (The Unmaking of Americans ) and Harvard lecturer Molesky focus quite single-mindedly on destroying what they say is the "myth" of the historical friendship between the United States and France. In doing so, they give short shrift to a few vital facts: for instance, while focusing on the French and Indian massacre of British colonists at Deerfield, Mass., in 1704, they overlook the importance of the French fleet in George Washington's great victory at Yorktown. Miller and Molesky also dismiss French policy as having a cynical underside of national self-interest, willfully overlooking the fact that all governments act out of self-interest. Thus, they call French trade barriers during the Cold War ingratitude for American aid in WWII. They accuse the French, who dare to look down on American culture, of their own "sordid cultural exports," such as the avant-garde, with its strain of nihilism. And, as the authors see it, the French, with the debacle at Dien Bien Phu, are responsible for America's quagmire in Vietnam. As one might guess, driving this revisionism is France's refusal to support the United States in its late invasion of Iraq The authors' ire, and their carefully selected and unnuanced slices of history, will convince only the already converted. Agent, Michael Carlisle. (On sale Oct. 5)

Reviewed on: 10/04/2004
Release date: 07/01/2004
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