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de Gaulle

(Life & Times)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Charles de Gaulle, saviour of France's honour in 1940 and founder of the Fifth Republic in 1958, was a man of contradictions. A conservative who brought the communists into his government and an imperialist who completed France's decolonisation in Algeria.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Haus Publishing
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This is a long book at 928 pages or 41 hours and 35 minutes in audiobook format. Julian Jackson covers De Gaulle from childhood to death. The book is well written and meticulously researched. I have read a lot of books about World War I, but I do not recall any author mentioning the role De Gaulle played in the Great War. Jackson covers in detail De Gaulle’s role as a lieutenant in the WWI.

Jackson appears to have done a good job in writing an unbiased biography of De Gaulle. The author covers
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Normally I'm not a fan of short biographies, as for too many of them concision of the subject's life comes at the cost of in-depth insight. There are some books, however, which are the exception to this, and Julian Jackson's biography of Charles de Gaulle is one of them. A big reason for this is his prioritization of what matters; the majority of the book focuses on de Gaulle's political career, in particular his eleven years as president of France. Yet Jackson doesn't ignore de Gaulle's early ...more
Phil Villarreal
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Author Julian T. Jackson loses the forest for the trees, spending far too much time obsessing over the mundane details of the minutiae of de Gaulle's movements, speeches and reactions to news of the day.

Charles de Gaulle lived a grand, exciting life, but it seemed droning and dull according to much of this book. It's an exhaustive and exhausting textbook rather than a film-ready biography.

Jackson's writing comes alive when he frees himself from what he deems to be the necessary play-by-play to
Brad Howard
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic piece of work about a incredibly complex and fascinating man. I heartily recommend for anyone interested in WW II (or the 60s), or for any Francophile.
Erik Hume
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solid biography of de Gaulle. I listened to the audiobook version, which at 40+ hours was quite the endeavor. You will definitely learn a lot about the life of de Gaulle from this book.
Chris Buehrer
Fantastic book. Really interesting, charismatic leader.
John W.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent one volume biography.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
My birthday present. A very, very great read from one of my favorite authors.
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One of the leading authorities on twentieth-century France, Julian Timothy Jackson is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London. He was educated at the University of Cambridge where he obtained his doctorate in 1982, having been supervised by Professor Christopher Andrew. After many years spent at the University of Wales, Swansea, he joined Queen Mary History Department in 2003. He ...more

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