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The Last Great Frenchman: A Life of General De Gaulle

ISBN: 978-0-471-18071-5
544 pages
February 1997
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Critical acclaim for The Last Great Frenchman

"This is a splendid popular biography . . . recounted with verve and anecdotal warmth, along with fresh appraisals of de Gaulle's career as soldier, politician, and head of state." --Publishers Weekly.

"Highly readable. . . . It is to Williams' credit that he is able to get so close to such a prickly personality." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Charles Williams has matched a great subject by something near to a great book." --Daily Telegraph (London)

"Marvelous vignettes. . . . Williams tells his story with pace and skill." --Martin Gilbert
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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:


A Parisian Boy from Lille.

The Steps of St Ignatius.


The Army of the Republic.

A War to End Wars.

Polish Interlude.

Petain's Chicken.

A Toe in Political Waters.

The Cut of the Sickle.

Is He a New Napoleon?


Laying the Corner Stone.

Afric's Sunny Fountains.

Who is Fighting Whom?

The Eagle and the Bear Join the Party.

Resistance on All Fronts.

Mediterranean Storms.

The Darlan Deal.

From Anfa to Algiers.

Waiting for Overlord.


A Parisian Summer.

Government Must Govern.


With Peace Comes Politics.

The Gamble that Failed.


A Certain Idea of France.

On Public and Private Life.


The New Agenda.

Baiting Uncle Sam.

The Ides of May.

Epilogue: Return to Colombey.


Select Bibliography.


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Author Information

CHARLES WILLIAMS (Lord Williams of Elvel) is Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the British House of Lords. Before embarking on his political career, he spent four years in Paris from 1966 to 1970, the last period of de Gaulle's government.
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