The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

by Jonathan Fenby
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The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved by Jonathan Fenby

“A page-turner”: The biography of a soldier, politician, and leader of the French people, as controversial and complex as he was courageous (The New York Times Book Review).
 
No leader of modern times was more uniquely patriotic than Charles de Gaulle. As founder and first president of the Fifth Republic, General de Gaulle saw himself as “carrying France on [his] shoulders.”
 
In his twenties, he fought for his country in the trenches and at the epic battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler’s Germany. Thereafter, he rescued the nation from defeat and decline with his extraordinary leadership, political acumen, daring, and bluff, heading off civil war and leaving a legacy adopted by his successors.
 
“Le Général,” as he became known, appeared as stoic as a block of granite—but was in fact extremely complex, a man with deep personal feelings and recurrent mood swings, devoted to his family and often seeking reassurance from those around him.
 
This is an epic portrait of one of the great leaders of the twentieth century and of the country with which he so closely identified. Written with verve, narrative skill, and rigorous detail, The General brings to life the private man as well as the public leader as never before.

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ISBN-13: 9781620874479
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 06/20/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 209,471
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Fenby is a former editor of the Observer and the South China Morning Post, and is a former bureau chief in France for the Economist and Reuters. He is the author of ten books, including the acclaimed biography Chiang Kai-Shek: China’s Generalissimo and the Nation He Lost and The Sinking of the Lancastria, which tells the story of the greatest disaster in British naval history. He was made a commander of the British Empire and a knight of the French Order of Merit for services to journalism. He lives in London.
 

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fivekids More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader of all things to do with WW2, but until this book I never really knew much about DeGualle. The author does a fantastic job of presenting this sometimes enigmatic figure and making him and his talents and foibles very human and understandable. Until this book DeGualle had always been presented as a figure who just sort of popped up out of the ground in 1940 and was a thorn in the side of the Allied high command for the rest of the war. He was in fact anything but. Yes he had a personal agenda, but at the heart of this agenda was a deep love for France and a belief in its greatness. This love and belief carried on after the war through his time as President. One aside that I will offer is that with the amount of bickering among the Allies that this book mentions it is a wonder that they were able to focus on the defeat of Germany at all and almost a miracle they did so. This is a long book, but well worth the effort.
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