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The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved (Paperback)

The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved By Jonathan Fenby Cover Image
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  • Provides insight into the life and personality of the great French general
  • Highlights the relationship between Charles de Gaulle and the France he fought so hard to save 
  • Balances the general’s private and public lives 

Few modern leaders anywhere in the world fought as fiercely for their nation as Charles de Gaulle. When he was just in his twenties, he fought for France in the depths of the trenches and at the battle of Verdun. In the 1930s, he fought alone to better equip France to resist the reign of Hitler. He interacted with England and Winston Churchill to save his beloved France. Afterwards, he saved France from defeat and destruction by fantastic shows of leadership, political prowess, bravery, and bluff. He prevented civil war and left behind a heritage that benefitted all leaders who came after him. 

While it might be easy to write him off as someone who was always staid and consistent, “Le General” was complicated. He had deep personal feelings and consistent mood swings. He cared deeply for his family and often sought reassurance from the people around him. This biography highlights both the general that de Gaulle presented to the world and his more private side. It tells the story of a complicated man in a way that grips the reader.

About the Author

Jonathan Fenby reported from France for a variety of newspapers, including the Economist, Christian Science Monitor, Times of London, Guardian, and London Observer. Married to a Frenchwoman, he was, to his surprise, made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur and the Ordre du Mérite in 1990. He is also the author of acclaimed biographies of Chiang Kai-shek and Charles de Gaulle—called a "page-turner" by the New York Times Book Review, which wrote: "Fenby knows how to turn breadth and depth into enthrallment.”—among other works. He lives in England.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781620878057
ISBN-10: 1620878054
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: July 1st, 2013
Pages: 736
Language: English