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(Fayard, May 2010, 265 pages)

165,000 copies sold in France!

Will we all be ruined in ten years? Never, except during World War, the public debt of major Western countries has been so high. Never have the dangers it poses to democracy have been so serious. To understand the underlying reasons that may drive states such as Iceland or Greece to bankruptcy, Jacques Attali traces the history of public debt, which is also the one of the progressive establishment of the sovereign function and that of what threatens to destroy it. This is the issue of current public debt, born with the financial crisis and necessary to its resolution. And everyone feels that it cannot continue to grow without leading to worse disasters. It is still possible to resolve these problems, avoid depression, inflation and the moratorium by reprising the role of the Sovereign and the part of public expenditure and by implementing different accounting rules and a different financial and political architecture, whether in France, Europe or worldwide.

Jacques Attali, born in 1943 in Algiers, Algeria, is a French economist and scholar. From 1981 to 1991, he was an advisor to President François Mitterrand. In April 1991 he became the first President of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 1998 Attali founded the French non-profit organization PlaNet Finance, which focuses on microfinance. Attali is the author of numerous essays and novels.

Foreign Rights sold to: Italy (Fazi), Poland (Studio Emka), Portugal (Aletheia), Korea (Chungrim), China (Beijing Mediatime books), Greece (Papadopoulos), Japan (Sakuhinsha) and Bulgaria (Riva)

Nowak, Maria: L' espoir economique

(JC Lattès, October 2010, 200 pages)

Three ideas inspired the author: The first is that we cannot repair the damage of the financial crisis without clarifying the goals of our particular model of society. It's not just a question of supervising the financial sector; it's, above all, a common vision of how we want to leave the world to our children. The second idea is that of the difficult reconciliation between democracy and capitalism, although their alliance would appear quite improbable. The third is that every human being has a place in society and a role to play. Even if our individual actions seem insignificant, they contribute to the whole and are undeniable demonstrations of the possibilities of a new world.

These ideas are the foundation of a new society and the model that Maria Nowak speaks of: an economic market that provides more freedom and autonomy for the people, while protecting them from the excesses of capitalism.

Born in Poland, Maria Nowak arrived in France at age 11, an orphan and illegal immigrant. After studying economy and a first job with the World Bank, she created ADIE (Association for the Right to Economic Initiative). For more than twenty years she has helped finance the business initiatives of 85,000 unemployed and poor workers thanks to micro credit.

Juvin, Hervé & Lipovetsky, Gilles: L’Occident mondialisé - Controverse sur la culture planétaire

(Grasset, March 2010,196 pages)

Does the globalisation of culture mean the end of originality? A lively polemical essay on a controversial topic, written in a clear, accessible style. Hervé Juvin and Gilles Lipovetsky’s latest work explores a range of major contemporary cultural issues, from the art business to branding and the future of cinema.

Western society has exported its own values throughout the world, including an unhealthy obsession with turning everything into a marketable commodity – including culture. We are now exposed to a globalised culture which is plentiful, ephemeral, and, above all, valued in terms of profitability. The eternal glory enjoyed by great artists and musicians of the past has given way to a more immediate, fleeting form of fame that can be manufactured and controlled by multinationals.

What does the future hold for this globalised culture, which risks smothering the world in a blanket of dull uniformity? And how can marginalised cultures fight back to impose the right to maintain and protect their difference?

Hervé Juvin is the founder director of the management consultancy Eurogroup Institute.

Gilles Lipovetsky is a widely admired essayist, philosopher, and sociologist. His works include L’ère du vide, L’Empire de l’éphémère, and the widely translated title Les temps hypermodernes (2004, published in the same collection).

Foreign rights sold: Arabic (Centre National de la Traduction Egyptienne), Castilian (Anagrama), Czech (Prostor Publishing House), Brazilian Portuguese (Manole Editora), Portuguese (Edicoes 70).

Foreign rights sold to Gilles Lipovetsky’s earlier works: English (USA: Princeton Universtity Press), Italian (Cortina, Luni, Garzanti, Frassinelli, Sellerio, O Barra O), Japanese (Hosei), Korean (Agora, Moonye, Alma), Chinese (Hunan), Czech ( Prostor), German (Europaische Verlaganstalt, Vladimir Dahl, Aletheia, New Literary Observer), Portuguese (Brazil : Companhia das Letras, Manole, Barcarolla, Sulina / Portugal : Edicoes 70 , Dom Quixote, Relogio D’agua, Instituto Piaget), Romanian (Polirom, Editura Babel, Edityra Univers), Serbian (Izdavacka Knjizarnica Zorana), Bulgarian (Riva, Eon-2000, Iztk-Zpad, Pulsio), Slovakia (Agora), Turkish (Varlik, Elips Kitap), Greek (Kastaniotis, Nissides) Croatian (Izdanja Antibarbarus), Arabic (Egypte: Conseil supérieur de la culture, Centre National de traduction).

Roche, Marc: La banque. Comment Goldman Sachs dirige le monde

(Albin Michel, september 2010, 320 pages)

A new power has emerged onto the world stage - an ultra-secret, private bank created in 1869, Goldman Sachs. For many years, it was content to practice its trade of merchant banking, before speculating on all the markets (stock exchange, raw materials, gold, derivatives…).

The bank’s directors have been penetrating closed circles in Washington over the last decade. The crash in September 2008 eliminated its principal competitor, Lehman Brothers. Goldman Sachs, now the most prosperous bank in history, is at the centre of a gigantic spider’s web.

Marc Roche has been Le Monde’s correspondent in London for twenty years. He has written several books, the most recent published by Albin Michel in 2009 : Un ménage à trois.


(Le Nouveau Monde, September 2010, 325 pages)

A document about piracy in Somali waters. In January 2010 the International Maritime Bureau made public a report which speaks for itself: the acts of piracy increased in 2009 with a total of 406 among which 217 for Somalia alone. This is a phenomenon which has become endemic and hits the headlines. The Ponant affair (Thalatine operation), the assault of the Tanit and the death of Florent Lemaçon, are still fresh in memories. Must we assimilate these pirates to those who, fearing neither god nor man, infest seas of the Far East or to their ancestors who were pirates too? What are their methods? How do secret services track them down? Do they use spies to target their victims? What can commandos and special military forces do to contain this criminal phenomenon? What is the impact of the money generated by piracy on the Somali and Kenyan societies? This work of investigation answers all these questions and many more.

Jean-Jacques Cécile is an independent consultant. He has been a member of a special unit and of the military intelligence services. He published ESPIONS ET TERRORISTES (2008) and LES CHIENS DE GUERRE DE L’AMERIQUE (2008).


(Autrement, September 2010, 160 pages)

Terrorism is, however, changing, along with its actors. This book illustrates and analyses, through many examples, this new phenomenon.

Bin Laden has become little more than an icon revered by some who go so far as tattooing his portrait on their arms. Al-Qaeda has become a source of inspiration for a radicalised new generation. Who are these new terrorists? How do they relate to Al-Qaeda? The first characteristic of these terrorists is their solitary, isolated nature. It is on the Internet that they prepare, communicating virtually with Al-Qaeda. This method allows any sympathiser in the world to make a name for themselves, and increase the impact of the organisation. And surprisingly, Al-Qaeda is attracting more and more women. Mathieu Guidère cites many examples, including the American ‘Jihad Jane’, who recruited future terrorists on the Net.

A fascinating book, by a specialist of the Muslim world.

Mathieu Guidère is a professor at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and a former resident professor at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. He holds the highest postgraduate qualification in Arabic, is a specialist of Muslim countries and cultures, and the author of several works on terrorism. He also works for the media as an expert consultant on geopolitics and public opinion in the Middle East.


(Autrement, October 2010, 208 pages)

This work decodes the strategies of American philanthropy and the nature of its networks in Europe.

From the beginning of the 20th century to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the major foundations (Carnegie, Rockefeller, Ford, later Soros), have never ceased being present in Europe, where they weave multiple networks in intellectual, scientific and political circles.

Founded by big American industrialists, these foundations seek to further liberal social projects while striving to regulate capitalism’s excess. The nature of their action in Europe depends on the geopolitical context: before 1914 and in the interwar period, they play a cementing role between pacifist circles in Europe and America ; with the Cold War, they symbolise the struggle against Communism. Present in places where the American State is absent because it has yet to arrive, is there no longer, or does not wish to be officially, they occupy a place apart in American diplomacy. Bringing together top specialists, this work presents the diverse range of actions carried out by American foundations throughout the 20th century.

Ludovic Tournès is Professor of the History of International Relations at the Paris-Ouest Nanterre-La Défense University, and a researcher at the political and social science institute at the prestigious CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique).

Allègre, Claude & de Montvallon, Dominique: NON À L’IMPOSTURE CLIMATIQUE ou la fausse écologie

(Plon, March 2010, 380 pages)

110,000 copies already sold in France!

# 5 in the Virgin best-selling essay’s chart - # 4 on bestsellers lists in France now!

According to the alarmists, man is responsible for climate change thanks to the anarchic nature of growth which has polluted and ruined Nature and is now provoking catastrophic global warming. But scientifically, climate predictions on a centennial scale are an illusion, for we do not know the complex climatic system well enough. This doubt is by no means a declaration that Claude Allègre believes the increase of CO2 released into the atmosphere is without consequence or danger. According to him, what is undoubtedly more detrimental in this affair of “global warming” is that we are ignoring other ecological problems. We are reacting only in terms of interdictions and taxations instead of looking for positive solutions. The problems of the Planet -demography, water shortages, energy, the exhaustion of mineral resources, waste treatment, pollutions including CO2, shrinking biodiversity, the pollution of the seas—can be resolved by innovation. New techniques must become the levers of a growth and development that will reduce inequality and further the establishment of a better equilibrium between Man and Nature.This is a message of love and confidence in Man and his capacity to adapt to change.

Claude Allègre is a former Ministre de l’Education nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie of Lionel Jospin’s government (1997-2000). He is a geochemist, researcher, professor emeritus of faculties, and a member of the Académie des Sciences of France, of the American Academy of Sciences, the Indian Academy of Science, and the Royal Society. He has written several works of popular science, including Galilée (2005), Dictionnaire amoureux de la science (2005), Ma vérité sur la planète (2007, 75 000 copies sold), Figures de Proue (2008) and, recently, La Science est le défi du XXIe siècle (2009).

A 73 ans, Claude Allègre, géochimiste mondialement reconnu, directeur de l’Institut de physique du Globe de Paris et homme politique, pourfend la pensée verte dominante en invoquant la nécessaire prise en compte de l’économie dans les réforme environnementales.” La Semaine du Pays Basque

Claude Allègre poursuit sa croisade contre les terroristes de l’apocalypse climatique. (…). Un combat contre l’alarmisme, la peur, le totalitarisme vert.” Présent

Voici l’un des rares hommes politiques français qui ose dire qu’il n’est pas d’accord (…)” La Nouvelle Lettre

Claude Allègre émet des critiques, dénonce des contre-vérités mais il tente surtout de nous convaincre de la nécessité du doute, seul moyen de progresser dans la connaissance.” Midi Libre


(Nouveau Monde, February 2010, 320 pages)

20,000 copies already sold in France!

Many offers from foreign publishers

This essay investigates the relationship between sex and business at the highest level. The author examines behind-the-scene – and not always so chic– international luxury prostitution and the clandestine relationships of some industry leaders with the worlds of porn and swinging. Putting an end to several decades of hypocrisy on this rarely-discussed and taboo subject, this book sheds new light on the place and the dangers of sex in the economy, especially among high ranking chief executives under pressure, and for whom it has become like a drug. The book is packed with examples, and even offers scoops, such as Dick Cheney’s involvement in a case of luxury prostitution or recent role of beautiful Chinese spies in the destabilization of French top managers in the arm industry.

Yvonnick Denoël is a historian and editor, specialized in intelligence. His previous work, le livre noir de la cia (Nouveau Monde, 2007) co-writted with Gordon Thomas will soon be translated in several countries. He has just published 1979, guerres secrètes au moyen-orient, also with Nouveau Monde.

Disons-le d’emblée pour lever toute ambiguïté : le livre d’Yvonnick Denoël, sexus economicus, dont Marianne a choisi de publier cette semaine de larges extraits, s’appuie sur une enquête fouillée, sérieuse et approfondie. Une enquête dépourvue de tout voyeurisme et de tout moralisme, qui se limite aux seuls cas dans lesquels l’interférence entre le business et la vie privée est avérée. Cela posé, la lecture de ce document (…) est proprement hallucinante.” Marianne

Un expert du renseignement dévoile dans sexus economicus les liens étroits entre sexe et business. Le livre consacre même un chapitre entier à la France et aux “ traditions parisiennes”. Aujourd’hui En France
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