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Peter Gumbel is a Paris-based writer and journalist. He spent 16 years at the Wall Street Journal, as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Berlin and Moscow, where he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union, and as the Journal’s Los Angeles bureau chief. He moved to France in 2002, where he has worked for Time and Fortune Magazine.
He is the author of three books on France, including one on the school system, They Shoot School Kids, Don’t They?, which was a non-fiction best-seller in 2010. His most recent book, France’s Got Talent, published in May 2013, is a critique of French elitism.
Peter Gumbel has won several journalism awards, including two from the Overseas Press Club of America. In 2006, the London-based Work Foundation named him Journalist of the Year.