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

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Fenby has written a story that is learned, incisive and gripping -- an intellectual pleasure as well as a French window, so to speak, on Europe's demise and rebirth.
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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.

 

About Jonathan Fenby

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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.
 
Published June 20, 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing. 721 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by JOSEF JOFFE on Aug 19 2012

Fenby has written a story that is learned, incisive and gripping -- an intellectual pleasure as well as a French window, so to speak, on Europe's demise and rebirth.

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