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France: 2004 Article IV Consultation--Staff Report; Staff Supplement; and Public Information Notice on the Executive Board Discussionby International Monetary Fund
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include* customs, values, and traditions* historical, religious, and political background* life at home* leisure, social, and cultural life* eating and drinking* do's, don'ts, and taboos* business practices* communication, spoken and unspoken"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times
France's New Dealis an in-depth and important look at the remaking of the French state after World War II, a time when the nation was endowed with brand-new institutions for managing its economy and culture. Yet, as Philip Nord reveals, the significant process of state rebuilding did not begin at the Liberation. Rather, it got started earlier, in the waning years of the Third Republic and under the Vichy regime. Tracking the nation's evolution from the 1930s through the postwar years, Nord describes how a variety of political actors--socialists, Christian democrats, technocrats, and Gaullists--had a hand in the construction of modern France. Nord examines the French development of economic planning and a cradle-to-grave social security system; and he explores the nationalization of radio, the creation of a national cinema, and the funding of regional theaters. Nord shows that many of the policymakers of the Liberation era had also served under the Vichy regime, and that a number of postwar institutions and policies were actually holdovers from the Vichy era--minus the authoritarianism and racism of those years. From this perspective, the French state after the war was neither entirely new nor purely social-democratic in inspiration. The state's complex political pedigree appealed to a range of constituencies and made possible the building of a wide base of support that remained in place for decades to come. A nuanced perspective on the French state's postwar origins,France's New Dealchronicles how one modern nation came into being.
Francesca Shelwood is mortified when Marcus Carne reappears in her life--he stole the most magical, illicit kisses from the young, innocent Francesca! And she swore never to forgive him after being punished for her "wanton" behavior. . . . Now, on her inheritance, Marcus has returned to offer the unimaginable--marriage! An indignant Francesca refuses, but very soon she walks headlong into danger--and the only man ready to sacrifice his life, and reputation, for her sake is Marcus. . . .
TIES OF PASSION Poor little rich girl.... Francesca Brodey had the best of everything: beauty, clothes, even men! But, however much she had, it didn't alter how empty she felt inside. She wanted a man who could love her for what she was, not what she possessed. Sam Gallagher was definitely not what Francesca had in mind.... He was rugged, blunt and utterly impossible! It wasn't the most promising of situations. But Francesca knew she wanted Sam--and hadn't she always got what she wanted? Although this time it turned out to be much more than she'd bargained for! Part 2 of Sally Wentworth's three-part series: Ties of Passion. Money, looks, style--the Brodey family have everything...except love.
A distinctive new voice in children's fiction Francie lives with her mother and younger brother, Prez, in rural Alabama, where all three work and wait. Francie's father is trying to get settled in Chicago so he can move his family up North. Unfortunately, he's made promises he hasn't kept, and Francie painfully learns that her dreams of starting junior high school in an integrated urban classroom will go unfulfilled. Amid the day-to-day grind of working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie becomes involved in helping a framed young black man to escape arrest -- a brave gesture, but one that puts the entire black community in danger. In this vivid portrait of a girl in the pre-Civil Rights era South, first-time novelist Karen English completes Francie's world using lively vernacular and a wide array of flesh-and-blood characters.
A critical examination of Francis Bacon, the scientist and educator who founded the scientific method that is used even today to deduce the answer to a given problem.
Francis Crick--the quiet genius who led a revolution in biology by discovering, quite literally, the secret of life--will be bracketed with Galileo, Darwin, and Einstein as one of the greatest scientists of all time. In his fascinating biography of the scientific pioneer who uncovered the genetic code-the digital cipher at the heart of heredity that distinguishes living from non-living things-acclaimed bestselling science writer Matt Ridley traces Crick's life from middle-class mediocrity in the English Midlands through a lackluster education and six years designing magnetic mines for the Royal Navy to his leap into biology at the age of thirty-one and its astonishing consequences. In the process, Ridley sheds a brilliant light on the man who forever changed our world and how we understand it.
Francis Scott Key was a very busy man. He and his wife had 11 children. He was a lawyer and many people came to him for advice. But whenever he had a moment, he would jot down a line of poetry. He loved writing poems. When the War of 1812 broke out, Francis became even busier. He was well-respected and often called upon to help keep the peace as the war between the United States and England raged on. One fateful night Francis and his friend helped talk the British Navy into releasing a prisoner of war. But they couldn't return home just yet because the Battle of Fort McHenry was starting! If the British captured the fort, America might very well lose its independence. Francis and his friends could only sit on a boat and observe the battle. For 25 hours they watched in awe. What Francis saw inspired him to write a poem that would become America's national anthem! This Step 3 reader is perfect for children who are ready to read independently.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition: Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components (Franciscan Heritage #1)by Kenan Osborne
From the General Editor's Introduction: The purpose of this first volume is to present some general and major themes of the theological formulation of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition as these themes intersect with contemporary perspectives. It provides both a fine starting point for further reflection and a solid foundation for future expositions in this series.
This book introduces the saints of the Franciscan Calendar, men and women who make up the "multitude" of the Francisan family which spans the 800 years from Francis's birth to our own day. Each entry consists of a brief biographical sketch, a quote either from the person or about the person, and a comment on some aspect of the person's life particularly relevant to a follower of Francis today. Saints and blessed are listed on the days indicated by the Franciscan calendar.
The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 violently changed the course of European History. Alarmed by Bismarck's territorial ambitions and the Prussian army's crushing defeats of Denmark in 1864 and Austria in 1866, French Emperor Napoleon III vowed to bring Prussia to heel. Digging into many European and American archives for the first time, Geoffrey Wawro's The Franco-Prussian War describes the war that followed in thrilling detail. While the armies mobilized in July 1870, the conflict appeared 'too close to call'. Prussia and its German allies overwhelmingly outnumbered the French. But Marshal Achille Bazaine's grognards ('old grumblers') were the stuff of legend, the most resourceful, battle-hardened, sharp-shooting troops in Europe. From the political intrigues that began and ended the war to the bloody battles at Gravelotte and Sedan and the last murderous fights on the Loire and in Paris, this is a stunning, authoritative history of the Franco-Prussian War.
For François Truffaut, the lost secret of cinematic art is in the ability to generate emotion and reveal repressed fantasies through cinematic representation. Available in English for the first time, Anne Gillain's François Truffaut: The Lost Secret is considered by many to be the best book on the interpretation of Truffaut's films. Taking a psycho-biographical approach, Gillain shows how Truffaut's creative impulse was anchored in his personal experience of a traumatic childhood that left him lonely and emotionally deprived. In a series of brilliant, nuanced readings of each of his films, she demonstrates how involuntary memories arising from Truffaut's childhood not only furnish a succession of motifs that are repeated from film to film, but also govern every aspect of his mise en scène and cinematic technique.
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist, has always had her eye on world domination, and she has to start somewhere...like her class elections! If people vote for her, they'll be giving her all the control she wants. But Franny's platform doesn't have the same appeal as her competitors who are offering new playground equipment, so she creates The Frandidate. Made of DNA samples from a dog, a chameleon and a parrot, along with a scrap of carpet (so she'll know where people stand), Franny's special suit helps her say and do exactly what people want! But when The Frandidate starts making promises she knows she can't keep, Franny realizes she might have gone too far...
A Lesson in Caring and Kindness. Frank's neighbor has puppies, and boy, does Frank want one! But by the time his parents say yes, the puppies are all gone. Will Frank ever get the dog he wants?
A Lesson in Patience. Frank loses his temper with the family cat and now poor S'More has run away. Does Frank have the patience he will need to bring her home?
A Lesson in Forgiveness. Frank can't wait to go fishing--until he finds out Mr. Granger is going too. And Mr. Granger doesn't like dogs! When Beans gets excited, it seems like the trip is ruined. Will Beans be forgiven?
Frank C. Brown organized the North Carolina Folklore Society in 1913. Both Dr. Brown and the Society collected stores from individuals-Brown through his classes at Duke University and through his summer expeditions in the North Carolina mountains, and the Society by interviewing its members-and also levied on the previous collections made by friends and members of the Society. The result was a large mass of texts and notes assembled over a period of nearly forty years and covering every aspect of local tradition.
Bestselling author Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs. He reveals Sinatra as man, as a musician, and as a tortured genius.
When the Allen family discovered they would be going to South America for a year, they had to make a hard decision. What would they do with Franka their beautiful German Shepherd dog. The two kids Joe and Joan write the Seeing Eye and Franka is accepted into the program. Dan, Franka's trainer, is very impressed with the intelligence of Franka. When Jane Wilson arrives at the Seeing Eye for training, Dan knows Franka is the dog for her. Jane and Franka train and graduate andjane goes on to be a lecturer on guide dogs and other topics. Good historical perspective of the Seeing Eye, and the training at the school at the time. Good children's book, but good for all ages.
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