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112 Gripes about the French: The 1945 Handbook for American GIs in Occupied France

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When American troops arrived in Paris at the end of World War II, they were at first welcomed by the local population. However, the French soon began to resent the Americans for their brashness and display of wealth, while the Americans found the French and their habits equally irritating and incomprehensible: they bathed too little, drank too much, and were almost ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
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John Newcomb
Jul 11, 2015 John Newcomb rated it liked it
A curious little book that was written for American servicemen stationed in France in 1945 trying to explain the cultural differences, many of which ring true today.
Nguyen Santiago
Dec 03, 2016 Nguyen Santiago rated it really liked it
Is this really written by Leo Rosten? I can't find anything to confirm it, though the timing would support the claim, as would the number of questions answered by another question...
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Sep 27, 2015 Rhode rated it liked it
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Well. I would have enjoyed this much more if it had been what you expect from the title. Which is not very nice if me at all, but there you have it.

This is basically a PR/ educational effort by the U.S. to give troops in 1945 some background about the country they were occupying. Mainly so they didn't mess up,and upset any more natives than they absolutely had to. (Hence such explainers as "all Frenchwomen are not immoral.")

We should have kept on publishing these in a series to be required rea
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Leo Calvin Rosten was born in Lodz, Russian Empire (now Poland) and died in New York City. He was a teacher and academic, but is best known as a humorist in the fields of scriptwriting, storywriting, journalism and Yiddish lexicography.
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