The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2012 - 707 páginas
No leader of modern times was more uniquely patriotic than Charles de Gaulle. As founder and first president of the Fifth Republic, General de Gaulle saw himself as “carrying France on [his] shoulders.” 
In his twenties, he fought for France in the trenches and at the epic battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler’s Germany. Thereafter, he twice rescued the nation from defeat and decline by extraordinary displays of leadership, political acumen, daring, and bluff, heading off civil war and leaving a heritage adopted by his successors of right and left.

 Le Général, as he became known from 1940 on, appeared as if he was carved from a single monumental block, but was in fact extremely complex, a man with deep personal feelings and recurrent mood swings, devoted to his family and often seeking reassurance from those around him. This is a magisterial, sweeping biography of one of the great leaders of the twentieth century and of the country with which he so identified himself. Written with terrific verve, narrative skill, and rigorous detail, the first major work on de Gaulle in fifteen years brings alive as never before the private man as well as the public leader through exhaustive research and analysis.
 

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Crítica de los usuarios  - Whiskey3pa - LibraryThing

Readable look at de Gaulle. A lot of material is presented and there are some slow periods. A good, accurate look at an odd figure of the 20th century. Leer comentario completo

THE GENERAL: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved

Crítica de los usuarios  - Kirkus

A keen biography conveying the French general's driving sense of destiny. Considered by the French to be the greatest French figure since Napoleon ("a monument carved out of some ancient rock, above ... Leer comentario completo

Contenido

Going Home
236
Liberation
244
PART FOUR FROM VICTORY TO DEFEAT
259
Witches Brew
261
Foreign Affairs
276
Pétain and Laval
291
Nest of intrigues
299
That will teach them
313
The Sovereign His Court and His People
417
Algeria
432
Raising the Game
454
The Crucible
463
Full House
493
Facing France
507
Tilting at Windmills
541
Great things always end badly
563

Guide for the nation
323
Triumphs and Tragedies
333
PART FIVE THE ROAD BACK
357
Biding His Time
359
I will see
373
Saving the Ship
380
First in France
403
PART SIX REPUBLICAN MONARCH
415
The Ides of May
572
Counterpunch
596
Final Act
612
Source Notes
637
Bibliography
665
Glossary of Significant People
675
Index
681
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Jonathan Fenby reported from France for a variety of newspapers, including the Economist, Christian Science Monitor, Times of London, Guardian, and London Observer. Married to a Frenchwoman, he was, to his surprise, made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur and the Ordre du Mérite in 1990. He is also the author of acclaimed biographies of Chiang Kai-shek and Charles de Gaulle--called a "page-turner" by the New York Times Book Review, which wrote: "Fenby knows how to turn breadth and depth into enthrallment."--among other works. He lives in England.

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