Chapter 1 1916-1944
Chapter 2 The Fourth Republic
Chapter 3 De Gaulle’s Republic
Chapter 4 The Common Programme
Chapter 5 Alliance Problems 1978-81
Chapter 6 The First Socialist Government
Chapter 7 ‘Cohabitation’ 1986-1988
Chapter 8 Second Term 1988-92
Chapter 9 The Last Years 1991-1996
Times Literary Supplement
"This is one of the best political biographies that I know. Bell depicts Mitterrand with the bark on and pulls no punches. It is a superbly realistic study of a totally political man."
Erwin C. Hargrove, University of Vanderbilt
"David Bell’s thorough grasp of the political background of modern France enables him to provide a fascinating account of Mitterrand’s journey from the 1930s through the war years and the Fourth French Republic to the complicated and fluid politics of the Fifth Republic. Mitterrand's personal beliefs are hard to fathom, but throughout this penetrating study David Bell guides us to a good understanding of the motivations and values which lay behind the actions of one of the most enigmatic politicians to have held power in France."
B. D. Graham, formerly University of Sussex
- An insightful new political biography of one of the most influential figures in contemporary French and European politics.
- Explores the development of Mitterrand’s career against the backdrop of post-war French politics and society.
- Assesses Mitterrand’s contribution to national and international politics during his 14 years as President.
- Written with great flair and wit, this book illustrates why Mitterand is still a figure of enduring fascination.