This is a biography of Charles de Gaulle evaluating him as a leader and statesman and providing a record of his life.
De Gaulle: The Rebel 1890-1944
This volume, the first of two (condensed from the original three volumes in the French edition), follows his rise to power and closes with the liberation of Paris in 1944. The author is a former foreign affairs correspondent for "Le Monde" and is a contributor to "Nouvel Observateur" and a well-known political journalist for French radio, television and press.
De Gaulle, The Ruler 1945-1970
In 600 pages of well-written and competently translated judicious prose, Lacouture reveals much about himself as well as his subject. Here is a humanitarian historian who upbraids de Gaulle for his share of responsibility in the appalling French repression which followed the violent and murderous rising of subjugated Algerians at Setif in 1945, who criticises the General at the height of his conflict with French right-wing terrorists, the OAS, for covering the police killing of three women, a child and five men at the metro station Charonne in January 1962, and who reminds us of the human cost in purges and revenge killings at moments of liberation whether in France in 1944, or Algeria in 1962.
Lacouture acknowledges his own admiration for de Gaulle's historic shift of position which made the hero of Algerie Francaise in 1958 into the decoloniser of 1962, and he is clearly being autobiographical when he colours de Gaulle's finale of humiliation and resignation in 1969 with tones of pathos, tragedy and regret. Lacouture the high-minded journalist and de Gaulle the high-profile individualist at home and abroad make a compelling dual act.
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