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A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2009

    A Thorough explanation to North Americans

    This book comes handy to explain the struggle of the war between Algeria and French. It explains well how it all started from the extreme injustice against the "indigenes" and how it became too late to bring reforms. It gives some insights about the "Frontier Army" who didn't fight one second against French but killed almost all remaining legitimate ALN from the interior and took the power with Ben Bella's treason to put a "military junta" author of many killings inside and abroad. The book doesn't insist on the analogy with the US founder fathers and the Algerian founder fathers Abane and Ben m'hidi who were killed respectively by their peers and after turning him to the "Paras". We didn't get any clue on whether Ali la Pointe where denunciated or not and by whom?. What was Yacef's contribution to the disarming of Algiers after the war to help BenBella steal the power (Photo at Stade Municipal currently 20 aout inside the book). There are some mistakes like the decent and honest President Zeroual, the only one to resign and to limit the presidency terms to 2, was not in charge when the FIS was denied victory. It was still Chadli. The assassination of Boudiaf is missing details about who is behind it.The book is worth buying or having as mp3 in my car. It uncovers many "facettes" of the war and is an addition to Yves Courriere tremendous work.
    However, is it a fair analysis when you are someone who received the "Legion d'honneur"? can you say ugly things about the French? Really?

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