The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus



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On an autumn morning in 1894, Captain Dreyfus was summoned to appear for a routine inspection; instead, as he took down a letter dictated by a senior officer, he was summarily accused of high treason. So began a twelve-year series of events that included his imprisonment on Devil�s Island, the publication of Emile Zola�s passionate J�Accuse, the Rennes retrial, and the pardon and final rehabilitation of 1906. As the Dreyfus case turned into the Affair, the history of a single military career came to display the conflicts that were tearing France apart: military defeat, anti-Semitic furor, and the place of traditional values in a country still reeling from the turbulence of the French Revolution. Told with an historian�s insight and a novelist�s skill, The Affair makes fascinating and informative reading about one of the most celebrated episodes in modern history.

�There have been many books about the Dreyfus Affair, but Jean-Denis Bredin's book is one of the best of them � lucid, well-organized, informed by a fine sense of drama.� � John Gross, The New York Times

�[a] critically acclaimed study� � Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

�If one is limited to a single book about the Dreyfus case and its consequences, this should be it. Bredin has told this story with precision, passion, and a vivid sense of character.� � The New York Review of Books

�A brilliant and fascinating book. What is most remarkable about The Affair is the skill and sensitivity with which the author places it in its essential historical setting. It is also a gripping � though terrible � story superbly told.� � The Atlantic

�This is the most judicious and absorbing account to date of the Dreyfus Case.� � The Boston Globe

�This is certainly the best book on the Dreyfus case now available in the English language.� � San Francisco Examiner

�Bredin is crystal clear in his gripping narrative of the complex case. His tapestry glows with all the color of the Belle Epoque and its extravagances.� � Chicago Sun-Times

�There have been other books on the Affair, but I can�t imagine any of them coming even close to Bredin�s work. He is brilliant at placing the myriad elements of the Affair in context with verve and lucidity. It should be a model for future historians.� � San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148193814
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press/George Braziller, Inc.
Publication date: 02/17/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 628
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Jean-Denis Bredin is a French attorney, law professor, and author. He was born Jean-Denis Hirsch in 1929, to an Alsatian Jewish father and a Catholic mother. His parents divorced when he was small and he was raised as a Catholic. After obtaining degrees in law and humanities from University of Paris-Sorbonne, Bredin was admitted to the Paris Bar in 1950. In 1965, he co-founded Bredin Prat, today one of France�s most prestigious law firms. Bredin was a law professor in Rennes, in Lille and in Paris where he taught from 1969 until 1993. He served on various commissions tasked with reforming France�s universities (1968), broadcast media (1981) and film industry (1982). In 1974, Bredin began publishing fiction (Un Coupable, L�Absence) and non-fiction (Joseph Caillaux, Siey�s). His literary work was so prolific and distinguished that in 1989 he was elected to the Acad�mie Fran�aise, occupying Chair 3, formerly held by Marguerite Yourcenar.
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