French Connections: Networks of Influence

French Connections: Networks of Influence

French Connections: Networks of Influence

French Connections: Networks of Influence

Synopsis

Political partners and alumni groups, Masons and the Mafia, Jews and Protestants -- we are enmeshed in a network of networks, working for and against each other's interests. They explain the decisions, the nominations, the deals that take place. How much influence do they really have? This book enumerates the ways in which members of old-boys' clubs maneuver to help each other through.Political leaders, gang leaders, corporate chiefs, and smugglers -- they all form a very small world. From dinner clubs to juntas... it's not only business deals that go on behind those doors

Excerpt

“Thirteen men gathered, under the Empire; … thirteen men who were savvy enough to dissimulate the sacred ties that united them, strong enough to place themselves above the law, bold enough to do anything…” They were thirteen “anonymous heroes to whom the entire society was secretly subjugated.” This is how, in 1831, Honoré de Balzac introduced his intriguing novel The Thirteen in Revue de Paris. the book was published in serial form and became an overnight success. the reading public went crazy for these thirteen “masters of the universe” and their adventures.

Balzac excels in describing the settings where fraternity, secrecy, plots, and thirst for power mix with the will to fight for a better world. His works frequently make reference to exclusive groups: the Knights of Idleness in The Rabouilleuse; the Cenacle, a group of friends of the sciences and arts in Lost Illusions; the Brothers of Consolation in The Inverse of Contemporary History. the son of a freemason, Balzac himself founded a mutual support network: the Red Horse Society.

These more or less secret societies that flourished in the nineteenth century are the direct ancestors of the influential networks . . .

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