"In this magnificent biography . . . Jean Lacouture marches majestically through de Gaulle's first 54 years. . . . A feast, robust, subtle, joyful, complex, a celebration to be savored." -New York Times Book Review
Savior of his nation in war; bold man of letters; patriot; a statesman who achieved reality for his political vision by the overwhelming force of his will: the personality that emerges in Jean Lacouture's magnificent biography of Charles de Gaulle seems larger than life, a presence of mythic proportions. The story begins with de Gaulle's childhood in Lille and follows him through his heroic experiences in World War I and his swift rise to prominence in the French army, to that great moment of triumph, the liberation of Paris in August 1944. Perceptions of the private de Gaulle-the schoolboy, the father-are woven into this politically astute account of a career grounded in controversy.
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Jean Lacouture is a French journalist and historian.
DeGaulle: The Rebel 1890-1944 by Jean Lacouture
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