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|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xiii, 176 p.|
|Number of Pages||176|
|LC Control Number||68015453|
Smith’s book is a must-read that brims with heroism, intrigue, chaos and danger.” -- Susan Eisenhower "A fascinating chapter in the larger of story of the Allied victory in Europe.", Booklist “An outstanding concise history of one of the most dramatic moments of WWII: the /5(49). When de Gaulle turned up in London and said, ‘I now speak for France’, it was almost an absurd situation – France had a legally appointed government headed by a distinguished old soldier, Marshal Pétain, and a lot of people in England and America thought de Gaulle was off . Over two thousand books and articles in over forty-five languages have been devoted to the life of General Charles de Gaulle. 1 Thousands more treat his policies within the context of European integration, postwar Western defense, or French foreign policy. Charles de Gaulle had 'a certain idea of France' which even he didn't manage to articulate clearly. De Gaulle biographer and one of Britain's leading historians of modern France, Julian Jackson, talks us through some key books to get a sense of France's wartime leader and president, Charles de Gaulle.
Charles De Gaulle is probably one of the greatest Frenchmen in history. As president of France, he was obsessed in maintaining France position as one of world’s great powers even if it led him to clash with other superpowers. Even I am interested in reading about him. This book covers much everything about De Gaulle’s life/5(66). Within days of the final collapse of France, De Gaulle was flown by the British to London where, on 18 June, from the studios of the BBC, he made . Charles De Gaulle disclosed his ideas gradually and was known for his ambiguity. In an attempt to define the former French president’s hypothetical Europe, J.B. Duroselle identified four key qualities: a Europe of independent states with no supranational authority; a Europe that is free from American influence; a Europe in which the dominant power in foreign policy would be France; and a. With no end to the Brexit drama in sight, FRANCE 24 goes back to the past to elucidate the present. In , France’s revered President Charles de Gaulle famously said “non” to the UK.
The book opens with the author's memory of meeting de Gaulle and closes with his reflections on French culture. French history is so intertwined with that of Britain. However, the book does seem to be titled wrongly, saying it runs from Gaul to de Gaulle. The book's narrative ends abruptly in /5(). 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 France in the trenches and at the epic battle of Verdun. In the s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler’s Germany.4/5(2). If Jackson’s book feels at times less relevant to current discussions than one might hope, however, it is because he devotes scant attention to Europe: De Gaulle’s ideas and policies on the. Verdict of De Gaulle, in his book France and its army, was perceptive: “Napoleon left France crushed, invaded, drained of blood and courage, smaller than he had found it Napoleon exhausted the good will of the French people, abused his sacrifices, covered Europe with tombs, ashes and tears.