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Bad Faith: A Forgotten History Of Family And Fatherland

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This text tells the story of one of history's most despicable villains and conmen - Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, Nazi collaborator and 'Commissioner for Jewish Affairs', who managed the Vichy government's dirty work, 'controlling' its Jewish population.
Hardcover, 614 pages
Published March 9th 2007 by Jonathan Cape (first published 2006)
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Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What kind of person would join the Action Francaise and parlay that into a career as Vichy stooge? Well, this guy--black sheep son, failed college student, alcoholic, spousal-abusing con-man with a bigamous Australian wife as batshit crazy as he was. He may have come late to Antisemitism, but once he found a cause willing to validate his ego and bankroll his lifestyle, Louis was the perfect collaborator. Painstaking reconstruction of the career path of just one bureaucratic jackass responsible f ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Frumenty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is at times fascinating and at others rather dull. It is the burden of the biographer to follow the subject's trajectory through life without deviating from the facts, whether those facts make diverting reading or not. The self-styled Louis Darquier de Pellepoix, born simply Louis Darquier, was an unscrupulous self-serving opportunist who, having failed at everything else, made a career of antisemitism and presided over the extermination of thousands of French jews. His laziness, incom ...more
D. Ennis
Jul 23, 2011 D. Ennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In depth and well documented study of French Anti-Semitism and the pitiful Vichy government.
Aoife Kinsella
May 15, 2016 Aoife Kinsella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This chronicle has a very interesting format. It intertwines the life of the Commissioner of Jewish Affairs in Vichy (and later Holocaust denier) who enjoyed a cushy life in the pocket of the Nazis, and the life of his child who he and his equally crazed wife abandoned to a much more grim upbringing in war torn London and Essex.

Louis Darquier de Pollopoix' life was full of bizarre meanders, fantasies, backhanders, infuriating acts and demands, and blatant lies. It's a fascinating and frustratin
Mikey B.
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An interesting read. In a "may you live in interesting times" kind of way.

Last year we went to see the movie "La Rafle", about the Vel d'Hiv' "round up" of French Jews during the Second World War. I bought this book a couple of years ago (because of the title, and because it's about the German occupation of France during WWII, and WWII is one of those things I always want to be learning more about), but only picked it up this year. I will also admit that it got more sustained attention from me b
Michael Selvin
Jun 05, 2015 Michael Selvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific encyclopedic summary of anti-Semitic behavior in France during WWII in the form of a biography of Louis Darquier (de Pellepoix), a figure without redemption who made a living for years, not that good, on his hatred of Jews. In great detail, the author take us through the minutiae of anti-Semitism during his entire life and his mindless wife's life. No question on the French participation wholesale in the slaughter of both foreign and French Jews, although some efforts were made to slo ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Olwen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I picked up this book after listening to an interview with the author (an interesting woman herself) as I wanted to know more about the subject's abandoned daughter. It's a thick, heavy tome which would be most of interest to scholars of history, I think.
Nov 18, 2010 Aaron rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I'm not a big fan of Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things, but when I read Callil's criticism of it I feel compelled to defend it. Because the author of such a mess as this really shouldn't throw stones. But I admire her intent in this book.
May 14, 2016 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those fascinated by the French Occupation
I'm still at the beginning and I am already so impressed by the breadth of Callil's research. Bad Faith is the result of years of intense scholarship, and is a fascinating read.
Jan 16, 2014 Mikael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well researched and documented life of France's version of Eichmann. A great resource on France's Darkest Years, 1940-1944 and Vichy, France. A must read for everyone.
May 15, 2007 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meticulously researched but distinctly unscholarly, and for these reasons the most entertaining and interesting book on Vichy in years.
David Ryan
Some powerful insights into period but often bewildered by the detail.
This book was a revelation about the degree of anti-semitism in France.
Sep 08, 2007 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History buffs and Francophiles may be interested in this.
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Carmen Thérèse Callil is a publisher, writer and critic. She founded Virago Press in 1973.
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