Alain Peyrefitte was a French scholar, politician, and author. He had a long career in public service, serving as a diplomat in Germany and Poland and as minister of information and minister of justice. He became a member of the Acad mie fran aise in 1977. He is the author of several books including The Immobile Empire and The Trouble with France.
Praise for Alain Peyrefitte's The Immobile
"A fascinating study of cross-cultural misunderstanding."
--The Chicago Tribune
"A rollicking good story with obvious and immediate parallels for today."
--The American Spectator
"Extraordinary . . . at once a marvelous adventure tale, a
dramatic reenactment of a decisive confrontation between East and
West and a revealing comparative study of two cultures, each
believing itself the world's most civilized."
--Publishers Weekly "An elegant, illuminating and delightful book."
--South Florida Sun-Sentinel "Painstakingly researched, gracefully written. . . . A smooth translation. . . . Peyrefitte's nearly day-by-day account will fascinate Sinologists and students of East-West affairs."