Charles Williams' major biography of Philippe Petain (1856-1951) tells of a peasant who became a Marshal of France and the Head of the Vichy State. A slow climb up the army ranks was leading inexorably to retirement when war broke out. He defended Verdun in 1916 and settled the mutinies in 1917.
In May 1940, he realised that France had been defeated and requested an armistice. As head of unoccupied France, he jockeyed between Nazis, Allies and Vichy politicians until, in 1945, he returned to France to be tried for treason. His death sentence was commuted by General de Gaulle to life imprisonment. In recounting Petain's long life, Lord Williams, one of our most notable political biographers, has successfully illustrated the character of an extraordinary man.
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Williams's highly readable biography of Petain is an important addition ... he has given us a fully rounded biography that puts the man into a wider perspective ... a well-researched portrait that deserves to be read on both sides of the Channel ( THE TIMES HES)
Extraordinary ... no intelligent reader will be able to avoid revising his thoughts after reading this magnificent biography ( LITERATURE REVIEW)
A masterly book, a triumph of balance, sustained scholarship and readability ( INDEPENDENT)
If the biographer of de Gaulle is to tackle Petain he must be prepared to stand intellectually on his head, a feat demanding much mental agility as well as capacity to combine detachment with a fine understanding of human nature. Charles Williams has ac ( THE SPECTATOR)
* Military hero and national leader Petain's life (1856-1951) embraces a fascinating and dramatic period of French history, and helped define it.
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown, 2005. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0316732338