An American journalist who has lived in France for 16 years gives birdseye views of the dominant personalities in the hodgepodge that is France today. The politicians, from the First Republic to the present; then the personalities, -- writers, artists, actors, industrialists, bankers, armament tycoonsy publicists, army men, etc. He depicts Daladier as a civilian Napoleon backed by the army. There's a great deal about the shifting sands of French politics and credos. A bit jumpy in style, but all-inclusive.