Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen previous books, including A Savage War of Peace- Algeria 1954-1962, The Price of Glory- Verdun 1916, How Far from Austerlitz?- Napoleon 1805-1815 and the official biography of British prime minister Harold Macmillan. He is a fellow at St. Anthony's College, Oxford, and lives in Oxfordshire. He was awarded the French Legion d'Honneur in 1993 and received a knighthood in 2003 for his work on French history.
"Fascinating. . . . Engaging. . . . Filled with 'hot-blooded'
kings, royal mistressesEand tales of cruelty, treachery and even,
occasionally, heart-warming loyalty." -San Francisco
"[Horne] is a virtuoso of the character sketch and the illuminating vignette. . . . La Belle France, with its refreshingly subjective style, possesses more treasures than a whole wall full of textbooks." -The Wall Street Journal
"A breathtaking tour of French history, from its earliest kings through the Mitterrand government. . . . There are few countries with a more fascinating history than France." -The Seattle Times
"A useful and charming introduction to a nation that has oh-so-definitely helped make the modern world what it is. . . . Horne does a service in helping the reader navigate the complexities of French history." -Los Angeles Times