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The American: A Memoir
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Franz-Olivier Giesbert is a prominent French intellectual, though he was born in Wilmington, Delaware and spent the first three years of his life in America. He is a novelist, biographer, television host and newspaper editor. He has worked at Le Nouvelle Observateur as its Washington correspondent and served as Editor-in-Chief of Le Figaro.

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"[An] astonishingly frank memoir of self-discovery and self-loathing." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Says as much about the events in Normandy in 1944 as do many of the far weightier texts that it can honorably sit beside."
-The Economist "What Giesbert does well in his work . . . is to instill his prose with the haunting that forever chases the abused child, long after that child becomes an adult." -Rocky Mountain News "This dark story, in the tradition of Maupassant, is a miracle: gaiety, imagination, the drive to understand, and also tenderness. . . . It has perhaps never been better show how war continues long after its end and is spread from father to son." -Le Nouvel Observateur

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