This week's The Economist contains a full page review of Nicolas Sarkozy's newly translated book "Testimony", which was a bestseller last summer in France. The magazine never does much to hide the fact that it would prefer Sarkozy over Royal, and fortunately for him, the review actually makes Sarkozy out as a much more appealing candidate than he sometimes can be. But perhaps unfortunately for him, American and British voters will not be deciding this election.
"Testimony" is more than just the English translation of "Témoinage"...It is a text remodelled to seduce an American readership, which blends the bold policy ideas from the Frenhc version with autobiographical detail from an earlier work...
The man who emerges from these pages is exactly that:energetic, tenacious, forceful in the face of adversity. He appears driven, pragmatic, courageous, non-ideological. This book is not a work of stylistic elegance. Its sentences are show and the prose is often flat. But there is a sleeves-rolled-up urgency to it: here, it seems to say, is a man ready to take on the French. The question is whether the French are ready to take on Mr. Sarkozy.
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