Challenging De Gaulle: The O.A.S and the Counter-Revolution in Algeria, 1954-1962

Challenging De Gaulle: The O.A.S and the Counter-Revolution in Algeria, 1954-1962

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This unique volume tells the story of the Algerian counterrevolution from the viewpoint of the ordinary foot soldier in the O.A.S. (Organisation Armee Secrete). In a series of interviews with former O.A.S. participants, and using many unpublished documents and personal diaries, Harrison examines the motives of these defenders of French Algeria. Were they criminals, sociopaths, or honorable men more sensitive to their country's fate than were many of their contemporaries? Harrison poses this question in the book's introduction and then seeks the answer with an objective eye.

Challenging De Gaulle tells the story of the Algerian counterrevolution from the viewpoint of the ordinary foot soldier in the O.A.S. (Organisation Armee Secrete). In a series of interviews with former O.A.S. participants, and using many unpublished documents and personal diaries, Alexander Harrison examines the motives of these defenders of French Algeria. Were they criminals, sociopaths, or honorable men more sensitive to their country's fate than were many of their contemporaries? Harrison poses this question in the book's introduction and then seeks the answer with an objective eye. Students and scholars of twentieth century history, as well as the general reader interested in this fascinating period, will find this volume superb reading.

The book begins with a historical view of French colonization of Algeria, outlining the roots of the counter-revolution. Further chapters discuss the three abortive efforts to grant native Algerians their independence. The O.A.S. emerged in the wake of these defeats. Harrison also examines the evolution of counter-terrorism into a full-fledged coalition, under the O.A.S. label, to challenge DeGaulle. Finally, those who fought give personal accounts of the movement's defeat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275927912
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/09/1989
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.52(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

ALEXANDER HARRISON was a resident of France from 1960 to 1963 where he began his research on the participants of the Algerian conflict. The tapes and photos documenting his extensive interviews with these participants are on file in the Hoover Institution archives. Mr. Harrison completed his doctorate at New York University and has had articles published in the New York Times, the Manchester Union-Leader, and Twentieth Century.

Table of Contents

Foreword by William Colby

Foreword by L.H. Gann

Oral Testimony

Sequence of Events

Introduction

Roots of Counterterrorism in Algeria, 1830-1945

Genesis of a Common Front: The Invisible Men

At the Fire's Center: The Folk Desperadoes

Circles of Intrigue

Bitter Memories

Complete Interview with Paul Mancilla

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jcvogan1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Author was far too sympathetic to the OAS for my tastes.