Part travel- part history, this succeeds in compressing into brief compass the highlights with brief factual summaries, amusing anecdotes, lovely descriptions of French scenery, castle walls, troubadours, etc. Despite the scope of the book, which begins with the Stone Age and extends to the first world war (the period following the Third Republic in brief summary), the author manages to give vivid, personal image of the ways, the people and cultural traditions of France. The treatment of the military and religious wars and revolutions is fair and impartial. The style is pleasant, lively and suited to supplementary reading book shelves. Concentrate your audience at the 14-15 level as an excellent introduction to French history.