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De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944
     

De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944

by Jean Lacouture, Patrick O'Brian (Translator), Alan Sheridan (Translator)
 

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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

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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.

The unorthodox, if brilliant, workings of his mind, coupled with his unbending formality and an unwillingness to compromise, often isolated de Gaulle from his contemporaries. At many points we see him standing alone, as in his insistence on armored divisions to support the Maginot line before World War II, or in his declaration of a Free France in defiance of the Vichy government, or in the passionate disagreements with Churchill and Roosevelt over alllied strategy. Lacouture's narrative reveals the highlights and shadows of this man obsessed with history and with his own role in the great, continuing drama of the French nation.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393026993
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1990
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
2
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.86(d)

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Gordon Wright
De Gaulle is one of the monumental figures of our time, and Lacouture France's premiere practitioner of the art of fine biography. In this graceful translation, American readers will have the fullest account of de Gaulle's dramatic career, and the fairest judgment of his place in history.
—(Gordon Wright, author of France in Modern Times)

Meet the Author

Jean Lacouture is a French journalist and historian.

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