The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General De Gaulle

The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General De Gaulle

by Charles Williams
     
 

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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Williams, deputy leader of the opposition in the British House of Lords, tells the story in English of an emphatically French life, and he fully engages the reader. "Ramrod" and "Wormwood" were code names the British "maliciously but accurately" applied to the leader of the Free French; and their wartime ally, American President FDR, detested De Gaulle. This biography explains well French foreign policy toward the "Anglo-Saxons" during the French Fifth Republic. Although admiring De Gaulle's tenacity and strength, the author does not hide what he considers the unattractive side of the general's aloof grandeur and verbal combativeness, and he terms the way De Gaulle came to power in 1958 nearly Napoleonic. De Gaulle in private was more appealing, according to Williams; he is said to have been extraordinarily fond of his retarded daughter. The only thing lacking here is an explanation of the Vichy regime; however, names are helpfully annotated. Recommended for all libraries.-R. James Tobin, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Milwaukee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471180715
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/24/1997
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
1,003,582
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 1.18(d)

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