De Gaulle: Lessons in Leadership from the Defiant General
Charles de Gaulle once stated, 'France has no friends, only interests,' and it was this strength of mind and love of country that took France from an occupied territory during WWII to a leader in the Allied cause. Michael Haskew takes us on a journey to understand the man who rem... read full description below.
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|Library of Congress
||France, France - Politics and government - 1945-, France - History - German occupation, 1940-1945, Gaulle, Charles de, World War, 1939-1945 - Underground movements - France
||Biography: Historical, Political & Military
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Charles de Gaulle once stated, France has no friends, only interests, and it was this strength of mind and love of country that took the region from an occupied territory during World War II to a leader in the Allied cause. Convinced that his personal destiny and that of his beloved country were intertwined, de Gaulle's life's work was dedicated to advancing its preeminence among nations. Even while the country lay prostrate before the Nazis, he maintained the honor of the French people, choosing to resist rather than to collaborate. His presidency was no less visionary; under de Gaulle, France became a nuclear power, granted autonomy to more than a dozen of its former colonial holdings, and maintained an influential presence on the world stage. Here, Michael Haskew takes us on a tremendous journey through de Gaulle's pivotal years, his leadership of the resistance, and beyond to understand the man who remade both modern military tactics and global leadership.
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||Michael Haskew has again shown his skills as a researcher and writer in this succinct biography of a controversial commander. Haskew refuses to let either De Gaulle or the reader off the hook with his lucid examinations of a turbulent time and man. This is the place to start for any understanding of the French leader. --John Wukovits, author of One Square Mile of Hell and Eisenhower <p> Michael E. Haskew's succinct new biography of Charles de Gaulle demonstrates persuasively how, from his time as a young soldier, the French leader prepared himself for greatness as if certain that one day he would be called on to 'save' France. Indeed, one of the many strengths of this riveting book is that it rescues de Gaulle from the historical thicket to highlight the man before the myth, a man of personality, patriotism and principle before he became a man of power. --Alan Riding, author of And The Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris <p> Charles DeGaulle is one of the forgotten
||Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)
MICHAEL HASKEW Editor of WWII History Magazine and the former editor of World War II Magazine. He is the author of a number of books, including The Sniper at War and Order of Battle. Haskew is also the editor of The World War II Desk Reference with the Eisenhower Center for American Studies. He lives in Hixson, Tennessee, USA.