De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944

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“In this magnificent biography . . . Jean Lacouture marches majestically through de Gaulle’s first 54 years. . . . A feast, robust, subtle, joyful, complex, a celebration to be savored.” —New York Times Book Review
Savior of his nation in war; bold man of letters; patriot; a statesman who achieved reality for his political vision by the overwhelming force of his will: the personality that emerges in Jean Lacouture’s magnificent biography of Charles de Gaulle seems larger than life, a presence of mythic ...

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Overview

“In this magnificent biography . . . Jean Lacouture marches majestically through de Gaulle’s first 54 years. . . . A feast, robust, subtle, joyful, complex, a celebration to be savored.” —New York Times Book Review
Savior of his nation in war; bold man of letters; patriot; a statesman who achieved reality for his political vision by the overwhelming force of his will: the personality that emerges in Jean Lacouture’s magnificent biography of Charles de Gaulle seems larger than life, a presence of mythic proportions. The story begins with de Gaulle’s childhood in Lille and follows him through his heroic experiences in World War I and his swift rise to prominence in the French army, to that great moment of triumph, the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Perceptions of the private de Gaulle—the schoolboy, the father—are woven into this politically astute account of a career grounded in controversy.

Jean Lacouture's monumental life of Charles de Gaulle has been hailed in France as one of the supreme works of contemporary biography: a meticulous and moving record of de Gaulle's life, and a sympathetic but even-handed evaluation of a great leader and statesman. Photographs.

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Robert O. Paxton
A biography of a very high order…will be the indispensable work on de Gaulle for a long time.
—Robert O. Paxton, New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393309997
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Lacouture is a French journalist and historian.

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  • Posted November 7, 2008

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    Although De Gaulle's entries have the ring of memoirs written after the event, they may well have been spoken. <BR/>Fateful moments tend to evoke grandeur of speech, especially in French parlance. <BR/>The General has always been a reference for Middle East scholars and politicians alike ........... <BR/><BR/>Jean Lacouture is a great writer, and I love to read his books.

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