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Prisoners of Honor: The Dreyfus Affair

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The Dreyfus Affair began with the persecution of Alfred Dreyfus, the French Army's promising Jewish officer falsely accused of passing military secrets to Germany. It ended as the cause celebre of the 19th century: the affair not only of France but of the world, an event that sparked mass protests in Europe and America, produced produced Emile Zola's J'Accuse, and involv ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Henry Holt & Company (first published 1973)
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Linda
This is absolutely, far and away, the best book I've read concerning the Dreyfus Affair. I won't go into the details of the Affair, but suffice it to say that it turned the French military and church upside down at the end of the 19th century.

Lewis's prose is sweet, so sweet that you sometimes forget that you are reading nonfiction. He covers all the characters involved in the Affair, both Army and civilian, and shows how each of them fits into French history and society at the time. (This is th
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Don Friedman
Remarkable history of the Dreyfus affair, in which a young officer in the French army was, in the mid-1890s, accused of serious crimes on entirely fabricated evidence and spent five tortured years in prison, desperate to prove his innocence. Due to his remote imprisonment he was forced to rely almost entirely on the efforts of his wife and brother. The resilience of anti-semitism, its tendency to intensify in difficult times, is at the heart of the horrendous episode...
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