About the Book: J’aurais voulu être français was published by Éditions Grasset on October 6th. The novel, combining autobiography with essay, was born from indignation: in the 2015 refugee crisis, when the author heard the same arguments that had been given to his father in 1933 echoing across Europe.
Guy Sorman got to experience this first hand at the age of 56 when a clerical error rendered him stateless for 10 years. This injustice acted as the catalyst for his request for dual French-American nationality. By receiving his dual citizenship in 2015, Sorman fulfilled his father’s wishes.
This book recounts his many anecdotes (often comical) of living straddled between these two countries and their varying views: on capitalism, sexuality, religion, charity, community, and transcendence.
About the Author: Guy Sorman is a French writer, intellectual, professor, editor and politician. Since June 2013, he has been the Director of France-Amérique, a magazine for francophones living in the US and American francophiles. Guy Sorman is also a Member of the Board of the New York University “Maison Française” and of “Reporters without Borders”. After working as an advisor to the French Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997, he was appointed to the “Strategic Committee for Exterior Television Action”. Among his many functions, he was also a member of the “National Commission on Human Rights” from 2002 to 2007. Founder and former President of “Action Against Hunger”, Guy Sorman is also involved in local politics, in particular as deputy mayor in charge of culture in Boulogne-Billancourt. Guy Sorman has taught in many universities, including Sciences Po Paris and the Hoover Institute in Stanford. A number of his works are focused on the US, including his last essay The American Heart, which deals with American philanthropy. Guy Sorman is also a Syndicated columnist and City Journal contributor (New York).
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