A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle

A Certain Idea of France: The Life of

A life of the greatest French statesman of modern times In six weeks in the early summer of 1940, France was over-run by German troops and quickly surrendered. The French government of Marshal Pétain sued for peace and signed an armistice. One little-known junior French general, refusing to accept defeat, made his way to England. On 18 June he spoke to his compatriots over the BBC, urging them to rally to him in London. 'Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.' At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered into history. For the rest of the war, de Gaulle frequently bit the hand that fed him. He insisted on being treated as the true embodiment of France, and quarrelled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. He was prickly, stubborn, aloof and self-contained. But through sheer force of personality and bloody-mindedness he managed to have France recognised as one of the victorious Allies, occupying its own zone in defeated Germany. For ten years after 1958 he was President of France's Fifth Republic, which he created and which endures to this day. His pursuit of 'a certain idea of France' challenged American hegemony, took France out of NATO and twice vetoed British entry into the European Community. His controversial dec...

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Winner of the Duff Cooper PrizeWinner of the Elizabeth Longford PrizeA FINANCIAL TIMES, SPECTATOR, SUNDAY TIMES, and TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR“In crafting the finest one-volume life of de Gaulle in English, Julian Jackson has come closer than anyone before him to demystifying this conservative at war with the status quo, for whom national interests were inseparable from personal honor.”―Richard Norton Smith, Wall Street Journal“Masterly…makes for awesome reading…an outstanding biography.”―Max Hastings, Sunday TimesIn the early summer of 1940, when France was overrun by German troops, one junior general who had fought in the trenches in Verdun refused to accept defeat. He fled to London, where he took to the radio to address his compatriots back home. “Whatever happens,” he said, “the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished.” At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered history.For the rest of the war, de Gaulle insisted he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France. Through sheer force of personality he inspired French men and women to risk their lives to resist the Nazi occupation. Sometimes aloof but confident in his leadership, he quarreled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. Yet they knew ...

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The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved

The General: Charles De Gaulle and the France

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 1930s, he waged a lonely battle to enable France to better resist Hitler’s Germany. Thereafter, he twice rescued the nation from defeat and decline by extraordinary displays of leadership, political acumen, daring, and bluff, heading off civil war and leaving a heritage adopted by his successors of right and left. Le Général, as he became known from 1940 on, appeared as if he was carved from a single monumental block, 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 a magisterial, sweeping biography of one of the great leaders of the twentieth century and of the country with which he so identified himself. Written with terrific verve, narrative skill, and rigorous detail, the first major work on de Gaulle in fifteen years brings alive as never before the private man as well as the public leader through exhaustive research and analysis.

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The Complete War Memoirs of Charles De Gaulle (English, French and French Edition)

The Complete War Memoirs of Charles De Gaulle

Originally three separate volumes covering three distinct periods, this single edition encompasses all of de Gaulle's personal writings from the fall of France in 1940 to the aftermath of the war in 1946. Maps.

  • Brand: Brand: Carroll Graf Publishers
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D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance,

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain’s elite spy agency to help pave the way for Allied victory in World War II“Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery)—and all of it true.”—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To “set Europe ablaze,” in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women as spies. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently de­classified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women. There’s Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power lines with the Gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE’s unflap­pable “queen...

  • ASIN: 045149508X

Mémoires de guerre et mémoires d'espoir (French Edition)

Mémoires de guerre et mémoires d'espoir (French

Les Mémoires du général de Gaulle réunies pour la première fois en un seul volume." Toute ma vie, je me suis fait une certaine idée de la France. Le sentiment me l'inspire aussi bien que la raison. Ce qu'il y a, en moi, d'affectif imagine naturellement la France, telle la princesse des contes ou la madone aux fresques des murs, comme vouée à une destinée éminente et exceptionnelle. J'ai, d'instinct, l'impression que la Providence l'a créée pour des succès achevés ou des malheurs exemplaires. S'il advient que la médiocrité marque, pourtant, ses faits et gestes, j'en éprouve la sensation d'une absurde anomalie, imputable aux fautes des Français, non au génie de la patrie. Mais aussi, le côté positif de mon esprit me convainc que la France n'est réellement elle-même qu'au premier rang ; que, seules, de vastes entreprises sont susceptibles de compenser les ferments de dispersion que son peuple porte en lui-même ; que notre pays, tel qu'il est, parmi les autres, tels qu'ils sont, doit, sous peine de danger mortel, viser haut et se tenir droit. Bref, à mon sens, la France ne peut être la France sans la grandeur. " Charles de Gaulle Les Mémoires de guerre sont un compte rendu de l'action du Général entre 1940 et 1946. Ses Mémoires d'espoir, dont la rédacti...

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De Gaulle: La France à vif (Curriculum) (French Edition)

De Gaulle: La France à vif (Curriculum) (French

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The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle,

Prize-winning and bestselling historian Jean Edward Smith tells the dramatic story of the liberation of Paris during World War II—a triumph that was achieved through the remarkable efforts of Americans, French, and Germans, all racing to save the city from destruction.Following their breakout from Normandy in late June 1944, the Allies swept across northern France in pursuit of the German army. The Allies intended to bypass Paris and cross the Rhine into Germany, ending the war before winter set in. But as they advanced, local forces in Paris began their own liberation, defying the occupying German troops. Charles de Gaulle, the leading figure of the Free French government, urged General Dwight Eisenhower to divert forces to liberate Paris. Eisenhower’s most senior staff recommended otherwise, but Ike wanted to help position de Gaulle to lead France after the war. And both men were concerned about partisan conflict in Paris that could leave the communists in control of the city and the national government, perhaps even causing a bloodbath like the Paris Commune. Neither man knew that the German commandant, Dietrich von Choltitz, convinced that the war was lost, dissembled and schemed to surrender the city to the Allies intact, defying Hitler’s orders to leave it a burning r...

  • Brand: Simon & Schuster
  • ASIN: 1501164929

The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General de Gaulle

The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General

Critical acclaim for The Last Great Frenchman "This is a splendid popular biography . . . recounted with verveand anecdotal warmth, along with fresh appraisals of de Gaulle'scareer as soldier, politician, and head of state." --PublishersWeekly. "Highly readable. . . . It is to Williams' credit that he is ableto get so close to such a prickly personality." --San FranciscoChronicle "Charles Williams has matched a great subject by something near toa great book." --Daily Telegraph (London) "Marvelous vignettes. . . . Williams tells his story with pace andskill." --Martin Gilbert

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The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation of Paris, and the Gamble that Won France

The Paris Game: Charles de Gaulle, the Liberation

Long dismissed as a vain and arrogant self-seeker chasing glory, Charles de Gaulle is revealed in The Paris Game as a transformative figure of the twentieth century whose unflagging determination brings France back from defeat and saves it from the twin threats of Communism and dictatorship

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The Complete War Memoirs of Charles De Gaulle, 1940-1946 (A Da Capo Paperback) (3 Volumes)

The Complete War Memoirs of Charles De Gaulle,

As World War II recedes into history and our vision of it sharpens, it becomes clearer every year that Charles De Gaulle was one of the towering political figures of his day, and along with Eisenhower the only one to play a dominant military role as well. Spanning the period form France's humiliating surrender in 1940 to De Gaulle's triumphant return in 1944 until his temporary retirement in 1946, 'The Complete War Memoirs' chronicle the wavering fortunes of the Free French government and De Gaulle's determination to restore France to her former glory. As history, these volumes are of incalculable importance, especially for their insight into politics among the Allies. But as literature, they may be of even greater rank, De Gaulle's prose style have earned him comparison with Caesar, Thucydides, and Livy. Together, they comprise a modern classic that will serve not only as a guide to the mind and character of Charles De Gaulle, but also as a key to understanding the dynamics of World War II and its troubling aftermath.

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The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle, and von Choltitz Saved the City of Light

The Liberation of Paris: How Eisenhower, de Gaulle,

Prize-winning and bestselling historian Jean Edward Smith tells the dramatic story of the liberation of Paris during World War II—a triumph that was achieved through the remarkable efforts of Americans, French, and Germans, all racing to save the city from destruction.Following their breakout from Normandy in late June 1944, the Allies swept across northern France in pursuit of the German army. The Allies intended to bypass Paris and cross the Rhine into Germany, ending the war before winter set in. But as they advanced, local forces in Paris began their own liberation, defying the occupying German troops. Charles de Gaulle, the leading figure of the Free French government, urged General Dwight Eisenhower to divert forces to liberate Paris. Eisenhower’s most senior staff recommended otherwise, but Ike wanted to help position de Gaulle to lead France after the war. And both men were concerned about partisan conflict in Paris that could leave the communists in control of the city and the national government, perhaps even causing a bloodbath like the Paris Commune. Neither man knew that the German commandant, Dietrich von Choltitz, convinced that the war was lost, dissembled and schemed to surrender the city to the Allies intact, defying Hitler’s orders to leave it a burning r...

  • ASIN: B07M5V9KXL

Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the

A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France.     As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island.” Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven.” In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive “H7” monogram became a symbol of his country’s resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, to...

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They Fought Alone: The True Story of the Starr Brothers, British Secret Agents in Nazi-Occupied France

They Fought Alone: The True Story of the

“Highly detailed and fast-paced, Charles Glass’s They Fought Alone is a must-read for those whose passion is the Resistance literature of World War II.” —Alan Furst, author of A Hero of FranceFrom the bestselling author of Americans in Paris and The Deserters, the astounding story of Britain's Special Operations Executive, one of World War II's most important secret fighting forcesAs far as the public knew, Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) did not exist. After the defeat of the French Army and Britain's retreat from the Continent in June 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the top-secret espionage operation to "set Europe ablaze." The agents infiltrated Nazi-occupied territory, parachuting behind enemy lines and hiding in plain sight, quietly but forcefully recruiting, training, and arming local French résistants to attack the German war machine. SOE would not only change the course of the war, but the nature of combat itself. Of the many brave men and women conscripted, two Anglo-American recruits, the Starr brothers, stood out to become legendary figures to the guerillas, assassins, and saboteurs they led.While both brothers were sent across the channel to organize against the Germans, their fates in war could hardly have been more different....

  • ASIN: 1594206171

Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris 2019

Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris

A strong case can be made that Paris leads the world's other cities in art and cuisine, in architecture and history, in music and sculpture, in philosophy and political ferment, in nearly every other area on interest to the visitor. It has to be seen and experienced, and with the euro dipping in value, now is an ideal time to make a visit come true. Written by longtime Paris resident, Anna E. Brooke, , Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris 2019 is a portable tribute to the City of Light and a roadmap to creating a hassle-free trip of a lifetime. From the world-famous panorama of the Champs-Elysées to the cathedral of Notre-Dame, from how to beat crowds at the Louvre to the ideal way to experience the Eiffel Tower, the book is packed with solid tips, is fully updated yearly, and includes: 16 pages of color photos, plus dozens of more photos throughout Insider lists of the city’s highlights Local knowledge on the best places to eat―and how to avoid tourist traps Detailed maps marked with attractions, hotels, restaurants, and Métro stops Exact pricing for hotels, restaurants, attractions, tours and more―plus invaluable advice about what you’ll need to reserve in advance Full-color Paris Métro map Brilliant walking tours spanning the city, with maps Section on useful phrases ...

  • ASIN: 1628874287

CARNET APOCRYPHE DE CHARLES DE GAULLE (EDITIONS DE L'O) (French Edition)

CARNET APOCRYPHE DE CHARLES DE GAULLE (EDITIONS DE

S’il a beaucoup écrit et parlé, Charles de Gaulle n’a pas rédigé ce carnet de notes sur la République. Si j’ai pris le risque de prendre sa place, je sais que ce texte n’a rien d’imaginaire tant il demeure fidèle à ce que mon grand-père, dans ses mémoires, ses notes ou ses discours, a étudié, critiqué, élaboré pour aboutir à l’édification d’une construction politique enfin viable pour notre pays : la République, la sienne, désormais la nôtre. Au plus près de sa voix, j’ai tenté de faire que ce carnet fût le sien.Ce livre est donc le regard de ce qu’il aurait pu raconter sur son action comme sa pensée institutionnelles, cela dès sa jeunesse et jusqu’au dernier jour. Prenons-le comme tel et acceptons de le parcourir comme étant d’abord celui d’un spectateur engagé, lucide et visionnaire, à travers sa condition militaire, puis d’un fondateur génial, révolutionnaire, inventif dont la marque a durablement imprimé la vie de notre pays.

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Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure

Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and

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France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944

France: The Dark Years,

This is the first comprehensive study of the German occupation of France between 1940 and 1944. The author examines the nature and extent of collaboration and resistance, different experiences of Occupation, the persecution of the Jews, intellectual and cultural life under Occupation, and the purge trials that followed. He concludes by tracing the legacy and memory of the Occupation since 1945. Taking in ordinary peoples' experiences, this volume uncovers the conflicting memories of occupation which ensure that even today France continues to debate the legacy of the Vichy years.

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The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the

THE CLASSIC THRILLER FROM #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR FREDERICK FORSYTH“The Day of the Jackal makes such comparable books such as The Manchurian Candidate and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold seem like Hardy Boy mysteries.”—The New York Times The Jackal. A tall, blond Englishman with  opaque, gray eyes. A killer at the top of his  profession. A man unknown to any secret service in the  world. An assassin with a contract to kill the  world's most heavily guarded man.One  man with a rifle who can change the course of  history. One man whose mission is so secretive not  even his employers know his name. And as the  minutes count down to the final act of execution, it  seems that there is no power on earth that can stop  the Jackal.

  • ASIN: 0525535861

JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France Failed in Vietnam, 1961-1963 (Studies In Conflict Diplomacy Peace)

JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France

Despite French President Charles de Gaulle's persistent efforts to constructively share French experience and use his resources to help engineer an American exit from Vietnam, the Kennedy administration responded to de Gaulle's peace initiatives with bitter silence and inaction. The administration's response ignited a series of events that dealt a massive blow to American prestige across the globe, resulting in the deaths of over fifty-eight thousand American soldiers and turning hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese citizens into refugees.This history of Franco-American relations during the Kennedy presidency explores how and why France and the US disagreed over the proper western strategy for the Vietnam War. France clearly had more direct political experience in Vietnam, but France's postwar decolonization cemented Kennedy's perception that the French were characterized by a toxic mixture of short-sightedness, stubbornness, and indifference to the collective interests of the West. At no point did the Kennedy administration give serious consideration to de Gaulle's proposals or entertain the notion of using his services as an honest broker in order to disengage from a situation that was rapidly spiraling out of control. Kennedy's Francophobia, the roots of which appear in a selec...

  • ASIN: 081317774X

Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy (French Politics, Society and Culture)

Political Leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle

Gaffney analyzes how de Gaulle came to power in 1958: The drama surrounding the Fourth Republic's collapse, and the focus upon an exceptional individual meant that de Gaulle was able to confer a particular style of leadership on the Fifth Republic. The five Presidents who came after him have each capitalized on their own political 'persona.'

  • Brand: Brand: Palgrave Macmillan
  • ASIN: 0230360378

Yankee Fighter: The Story Of An American In The Free French Foreign Legion

Yankee Fighter: The Story Of An American In

Lieutenant John F. Hasey was the first American citizen to shed his blood to free France from the oppression of the Nazi Regime.For his actions he became the first American to receive France’s highest World War II honor and become a Companion of the Ordre de la Libération.But why was Hasey fighting for France and why was he spilling his blood for the cause of the French people?John F. Hasey’s remarkable memoir Yankee Figher is a brilliant account of his life in Europe in the late 1930s and through the beginning of the Second World War.Yet, Hasey’s first taste of conflict was not during that terrible global war, as in 1939 he joined the Iroquois Ambulance Corps, with other young Americans, to assist the Finns during the Russo-Finnish War.When Hitler’s forces launched their attacks upon Western Europe Hasey immediately signed up with De Gaulle’s Free French Forces and headed to the Middle East to fight for France.The value of his contribution to France’s war effort can be demonstrated in these comments from his citations: “He has the qualities of a man, of a soldier, and of a leader. He has won a place in the hearts of his comrades. Loved and respected by them, as well as by his leaders, Lieutenant John Hasey is the perfect type of foreigner, for whom the love of Fra...

  • ASIN: B07NVV1R19

Ode à l'homme qui fut la France: Sur Charles de Gaulle ; suivi de, Malraux, conquérant de l'impossible (French Edition)

Ode à l'homme qui fut la France: Sur

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A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France (The Resistance Quartet)

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of

The New York Times bestseller, now available in paperback—the riveting and little-known story of a group of female members of the French resistance who were deported together to Auschwitz, a remarkable number of whom survived.In January 1943, 230 women of the French Resistance were sent to the death camps by the Nazis who had invaded and occupied their country. This is their story, told in full for the first time—a searing and unforgettable chronicle of terror, courage, defiance, survival, and the power of friendship. Caroline Moorehead, a distinguished biographer, human rights journalist, and the author of Dancing to the Precipice and Human Cargo, brings to life an extraordinary story that readers of Mitchell Zuckoff’s Lost in Shangri-La, Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, and Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken will find an essential addition to our retelling of the history of World War II—a riveting, rediscovered story of courageous women who sacrificed everything to combat the march of evil across the world.

  • Brand: Harper Perennial
  • ASIN: 0061650714
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