* Adam Gopnik is a writer for the New Yorker who moves to Paris with his wife Martha and infant son Luke from 1995 to 2000.
* He writes about French life from the perspective of a bemused American who has always had a soft spot for France since his stay there in his youth.
* Adam sees France as becoming more different as the rest of the world becomes more homogenized, and he attempts to describe the greater French perspective through micro illustrations and anecdotes.
* After arriving in Paris, the Gopniks hear of a scandal surrounding Prime Minister Alain Juppe, who has essentially rented apartments owned by the city to himself for a bargain price.
* This scandal causes many elite Parisians to clamor for more transparency in the French government, but Gopnik thinks that more transparency would be a shame because...
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