September 2013


The American Heart with Guy Sorman


Guy Sorman, one of France’s leading public intellectuals, joined the French-American Foundation to discuss his new work, Le Coeur Américain, Eloge du don (The American Heart: In praise of giving), released by Editions Fayard in September 2013. Discussing his work, which looks at the rich philanthropic tradition of the United States, Sorman compared French and American approaches to charitable giving and explore why Americans give in this tradition not as strongly developed in France.

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Guy Sorman

Guy Sorman is a leading French public intellectual and author, who has written more than 25 books on social, economic, and global affairs. In addition to The American Heart: In praise of giving, his books include Economics does not lie, Rifaa's children, in search of moderate islam, and The year of the Rooster, The truth about China, among many others. 

In 2013, Dr. Sorman became president of the monthly magazine France-Amérique, building on a long career in publishing. In 1975, he founded Sorman Publications, which publishes weekly newsletters on public finance, ecology, local administration, small business, urban planning, and health care, among other topics. He is also a contributing editor to City-Journal in New York and a syndicated columnist with Project Syndicate. Sorman's columns have appeared in newspapers worldwide. He has also authored a number of books on international and economic affairs.  

Sorman received PhD degrees from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris in 1964 and from the National School for Oriental Civilization in 1965 before attending the National School of Public Administration (ENA) from 1966-1969. From 1970 to 2000, Dr. Sorman was a professor at Paris University, Institute of political sciences, teaching economics and political philosophy. He has also served as a visiting scholar with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

In 1979, Dr. Sorman founded International Action against Hunger, of which he is honorary president. Since 2004, he has been a member of the French National Commission for Human Rights.  Dr. Sorman has served in political capacities currently as Chairman of the Boulogne-Billancourt's Economic council and previously as the city's Deputy-Mayor in charge of culture and science; economic adviser to the French Minister for foreign affairs and the Prime Minister of France; and chair of the India France Economic Council. 

Dr. Sorman has received the highest distinctions in France (Légion d'honneur), Brazil (Southern Cross), Argentina (Order of May), and Spain (Excelencia Europae).


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