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Critical acclaim for The Last Great Frenchman
"This is a splendid popular biography . . . recounted with verve and anecdotal warmth, along with fresh appraisals of de Gaulle's career as soldier, politician, and head of state." —Publishers Weekly.
"Highly readable. . . . It is to Williams' credit that he is able to get so close to such a prickly personality." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Charles Williams has matched a great subject by something near to a great book." —Daily Telegraph (London)
"Marvelous vignettes. . . . Williams tells his story with pace and skill." —Martin Gilbert
Posted September 4, 2008
I actually read this book when it was first published and noticed the other day that it is missing - so I am thinking of buying another copy as I want to read it again prior to a trip to France. DeGaulle was a young officer in the WWI and survived in large part because he was captured, no killed, at Verdun. His large family was also so blessed, they were the rare exception, they lost no sons in that war. After the war he continued his military career and observed the Polish / Russian war in 1920 - a war of movement. So he was one of the few, if only, French army officers who understood blitzkrieg when the Germans attacked in 1940. He lead is armored unit is a lightning counter attack that penetrated deeply into German held northern France - but it was totally unsupported to he eventually made it to England. His break with Vichy is well documented - few heard his first radio message as the leader of the Free French - but his message of 'ecout, ecout' never the less eventually resounded. He was also an insufferable egotist - but also a loving father who always found at least 1 hour of every day to play with his Downs Syndrome daughter. And after the war, he and Adenaur made a historic raprochmont between Germany and France that was the basis of the EU.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.