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France at War

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W. Somerset Maugham
France at War
Heinemann, Paperback, 1940.
8vo. 89 pp.

First published by Heinemann in March 1940.

Little propaganda book written to raise the British awareness of the French war effort in the early stages of the Second World War. Maugham spent six weeks going everywhere and meeting everybody: admirals in naval bases, generals at the front, mayors in cities
Paperback, 89 pages
Published March 1940 by Heinemann
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Mar 25, 2013 Caitlin rated it it was ok
An interesting essay that was basically British propaganda during the Phony War years of 1938-1940. Maugham was in France and recorded conversations and impressions of their attitudes toward the impending war. WIth the benefit of hindsight, it's interesting to see how mistaken he was and how much he was probably exaggerating, but it's not overly exciting reading so I wouldn't recommend it unless you're really interested in that period of history.
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William Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He spoke French even before he spoke a word of English, a fact to which some critics attribute the purity of his style.

His parents died early and, after an unhappy boyhood, which he recorded poignantly in Of Human Bondage, Maugham became a qualified physician. But writing was his true vocation. For ten years before his first success, he almost l
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