Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

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ISBN-13: 9780807611753
Publisher: Braziller, George Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/1987
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 628
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 1.78(d)

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Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bezoar44 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A long, detailed, and superb account of the Dreyfus Affair that wracked France between 1894 and 1898. A set of military intelligence officers wrongly accused Captain Alfred Dreyfus, then - after he was convicted, stripped of rank, and shipped off to life imprisonment on an island off French Guiana -- forged documents and lied repeatedly in an attempt to keep the case from being reopened and damaging the 'honor' of the Army and France. This book follows the efforts of the conspirators and the Dreyfusards from 1894 through Dreyfus' vindication in 1906: legal maneuvers; political moves and countermoves; Dreyfus' personal suffering; the role of the press; the mobilization of intellectuals on both sides; and the grotesque and overwhelming strains of anti-Semitism weaving around all the other aspects of the Affair. While narrating the dramatic story, the author also evaluates the interpretations of events offered by participants in their memoirs and by later historians. This would be an illuminating work of history at any time, but it makes for especially striking reading now (2008). Over the last eight years, the Bush Administration has locked up innocent people and wrecked lives, then fought in court to avoid acknowledging its mistakes by appealing to national security and the greater good of the nation. It will be years before historians work out the stories of deceit, integrity, and political pragmatism that have unfolded under this Administration. Bredin's sophisticated analysis, written 80 years after the Affair, offers insights into human nature and political institutions that remain intensely relevant today, and are much harder to glean from the distorted accounts of current events.
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Just read this book and can rate it as one of the finest things I have read in at least a decade. Bredin succeeds in making the Dreyfus Affair both rich and comprehensible with a perfect balance of detail and analysis. The Affair is amazing (like Watergate times ten) and this must be the single book about it everyone should read. Fantastic ...