Canadian authors Barlow and Nadeau lived in France for two years on a research mission to discover why even with high taxes, low business incentives and stifling social regulations France manages to be the fourth largest economic power in the world; why even with a month and a half of vacation and two hour lunches they boast the highest productivity index. How, Barlow and Nadeau wondered, do they manage it? In the states, and even in Canada, people are somewhat baffled by the stubbornness and snobbery they can evince, but be baffled no more! This is a witty and concisely written book that manages to be as compulsively readable as a beachside novel even while delving into topics—such as governmental bureaucracy—that might bore in lesser hands. Best of all, in understanding the seemingly contradictory ways of the French, you will be sure to win many more friends there than you might think, and later scoff when your American friends comment on the rudeness of Parisians!