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The Longest Day (Hardcover, 70 Anniversary Ed): Cornelius Ryan The Longest Day (Hardcover, 70 Anniversary Ed)
Cornelius Ryan; Introduction by Doug McCabe 1
R1,240 R833 Discovery Miles 8 330 Save R407 (33%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Longest Day is one of the best-selling military history books of all time. Its author, war journalist Cornelius Ryan, created a new style of military-history writing based on interview research with hundreds of battle participants. The book was made into the legendary war movie in 1962. This beautifully designed new archive edition is published to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014. For the first time, Ryan's unabridged classic text is enhanced with the addition of 120 stunning photographs and the inclusion of 30 previously unpublished removable facsimile documents from the Cornelius Ryan Archive, as well as an audio CD featuring Ryan's original research interviews with those who fought this most famous and decisive battle.

Access to History: Spain 1469-1598 Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Jill Kilsby Access to History: Spain 1469-1598 Second Edition (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Jill Kilsby
R471 Discovery Miles 4 710 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Exam Board: AQA, Edexcel, OCR & WJEC Level: A-level Subject: History First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: June 2016 Give your students the best chance of success with this tried and tested series, combining in-depth analysis, engaging narrative and accessibility. Access to History is the most popular, trusted and wide-ranging series for A-level History students. This title: - Supports the content and assessment requirements of the 2015 A-level History specifications - Contains authoritative and engaging content - Includes thought-provoking key debates that examine the opposing views and approaches of historians - Provides exam-style questions and guidance for each relevant specification to help students understand how to apply what they have learnt This title is suitable for a variety of courses including: - AQA: Spain in the Age of Discovery 1469-1598 - Edexcel: The Golden Age of Spain, 1474-1598 - OCR: Spain 1469-1556

The Reign of Chivalry (Hardcover, New edition): Richard Barber The Reign of Chivalry (Hardcover, New edition)
Richard Barber
R493 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R57 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Profusely illustrated and redesigned for a new generation of readers, Richard Barber's classic The Reign of Chivalry presents a broad picture of the chivalric world, and shows how chivalry affected or was affected by great social movements, great writers and great events, and analyses the legacy it passed down to later ages. The opening chapter looks at the central figure of the whole chivalric world, the knight, and asks why he is such a different figure from other fighting men. Following sections deal with chivalry in relation to the main themes of medieval literature, especially the vast cycle of Arthurian romances, and discuss the attitudes towards chivalry of writers such as Jean Froissart, whose pages cast a golden glow over the harsh realities of war. Later sections look at chivalry's influence on the Renaissance and later culture, beginning with the knight's transition to gentleman. The element by which chivalry is now most remembered, its respectful, even adoring, attitude towards women, is the subject of a wide-ranging discussion, covering both medieval reality and modern ideals. Richard Barber, author of Holy Grail: History of a Legend/I>, Myths and Legends of the British Isles and King Arthur: Hero and Legend, has written an engaging and intriguing book on one of the most original concepts of the medieval mind.

Animals in the First World War (Paperback): Peter Street Animals in the First World War (Paperback)
Peter Street
R148 R106 Discovery Miles 1 060 Save R42 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Most people are familiar with the use of horses and their often-heroic actions in the First World War, but what about camels, monkeys and the mighty elephant? In this wonderfully illustrated title, learn about how animals were trained and used, the role pets had to play in the war, and the plight of animals on the farm, down the mine and in the street. Although animals were used heavily on the front line and in major battles such as the Somme, they also had a role to play at home and, indeed, in almost every aspect of wartime life. From their first use to how animals were treated when the war ended, and including the involvement of the RSPCA and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, this volume contains stories that will shock, delight and move you.

Time and Power - Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich (Hardcover):... Time and Power - Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years' War to the Third Reich (Hardcover)
Christopher Clark
R613 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R187 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the author of the national bestseller The Sleepwalkers, a book about how the exercise of power is shaped by different concepts of time This groundbreaking book presents new perspectives on how the exercise of power is shaped by different notions of time. Acclaimed historian Christopher Clark draws on four key figures from German history "Friedrich Wilhelm of Brandenburg-Prussia, Frederick the Great, Otto von Bismarck, and Adolf Hitler "to look at history through a temporal lens and ask how historical actors and their regimes embody unique conceptions of time. Inspired by the insights of Reinhart Koselleck and Fran ois Hartog, two pioneers of the oetemporal turn in historiography, Clark shows how Friedrich Wilhelm rejected the notion of continuity with the past, believing instead that a sovereign must liberate the state from the entanglements of tradition to choose freely among different possible futures. He demonstrates how Frederick the Great abandoned this paradigm for a neoclassical vision of history in which sovereign and state transcend time altogether, and how Bismarck believed that the statesman (TM)s duty was to preserve the timeless permanence of the state amid the torrent of historical change. Clark describes how Hitler did not seek to revolutionize history like Stalin and Mussolini, but instead sought to evade history altogether, emphasizing timeless racial archetypes and a prophetically foretold future. Elegantly written and boldly innovative, Time and Power takes readers from the Thirty Years (TM) War to the fall of the Third Reich, revealing the connection between political power and the distinct temporalities of the leaders who wield it.

Mein Kampf (Paperback, Revised ed.): Adolf Hitler Mein Kampf (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Adolf Hitler
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Eva Braun - Life With Hitler (Paperback): Heike B. Gortemaker Eva Braun - Life With Hitler (Paperback)
Heike B. Gortemaker; Translated by Damion Searls
R270 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R110 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOKS OF THE YEAR and BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE BOOK CLUB title 'I want to be a beautiful corpse, I will take poison' Eva Braun, 1945 Eva Braun and Adolf Hitler were together for fourteen years, a relationship that ended only with their marriage and double suicide in Berlin. So who was Eva Braun? Heike Goertemaker's highly praised book is the first to take Braun's role in the Nazi hierarchy seriously. It uses her to throw fascinating light on a regime that prided itself on its harsh, coherent and unsentimental ideology, but which was in practice a chaos of competing individuals fighting for space around the overwhelmingly dominant figure of Hitler. 'Finally gives Braun her place in the dark history of the Third Reich' Wall Street Journal

Law and Christianity - The Immortal Commonwealth: Covenant, Community, and Political Resistance in Early Reformed Thought... Law and Christianity - The Immortal Commonwealth: Covenant, Community, and Political Resistance in Early Reformed Thought (Hardcover)
David P. Henreckson
R1,879 R1,733 Discovery Miles 17 330 Save R146 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In the midst of intense religious conflict in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, theological and political concepts converged in remarkable ways. Incited by the slaughter of French Protestants in the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre, Reformed theologians and lawyers began to marshal arguments for political resistance. These theological arguments were grounded in uniquely religious conceptions of the covenant, community, and popular sovereignty. While other works of historical scholarship have focused on the political and legal sources of this strain of early modern resistance literature, The Immortal Commonwealth examines the frequently overlooked theological sources of these writings. It reveals how Reformed thinkers such as Heinrich Bullinger, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and Johannes Althusius used traditional theological conceptions of covenant and community for surprisingly radical political ends.

Metternich - Strategist and Visionary (Hardcover): Wolfram Siemann Metternich - Strategist and Visionary (Hardcover)
Wolfram Siemann; Translated by Daniel Steuer
R797 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R174 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A compelling new biography that recasts the most important European statesman of the first half of the nineteenth century, famous for his alleged archconservatism, as a friend of realpolitik and reform, pursuing international peace. Metternich has a reputation as the epitome of reactionary conservatism. Historians treat him as the archenemy of progress, a ruthless aristocrat who used his power as the dominant European statesman of the first half of the nineteenth century to stifle liberalism, suppress national independence, and oppose the dreams of social change that inspired the revolutionaries of 1848. Wolfram Siemann paints a fundamentally new image of the man who shaped Europe for over four decades. He reveals Metternich as more modern and his career much more forward-looking than we have ever recognized. Clemens von Metternich emerged from the horrors of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, Siemann shows, committed above all to the preservation of peace. That often required him, as the Austrian Empire's foreign minister and chancellor, to back authority. He was, as Henry Kissinger has observed, the father of realpolitik. But short of compromising on his overarching goal Metternich aimed to accommodate liberalism and nationalism as much as possible. Siemann draws on previously unexamined archives to bring this multilayered and dazzling man to life. We meet him as a tradition-conscious imperial count, an early industrial entrepreneur, an admirer of Britain's liberal constitution, a failing reformer in a fragile multiethnic state, and a man prone to sometimes scandalous relations with glamorous women. Hailed on its German publication in 2017 as a masterpiece of historical writing, Metternich will endure as an essential guide to nineteenth-century Europe, indispensable for understanding the forces of revolution, reaction, and moderation that shaped the modern world.

Field Notes on the Visual Arts - Seventy-Five Short Essays (Paperback): Karen Lang Field Notes on the Visual Arts - Seventy-Five Short Essays (Paperback)
Karen Lang
R663 R615 Discovery Miles 6 150 Save R48 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

What is the relation of art and history? What is art today? Why does art affect us? In Field Notes on the Visual Arts, seventy-five scholars, curators, and artists traverse chronology and geography to reveal the meanings and dilemmas of art. Organized under seven major headings--anthropomorphism, appropriation, contingency, detail, materiality, time, and tradition--the contributions are written by historians of art, literature, culture, and science, as well as archaeologists, anthropologists, philosophers, curators, and artists. By bringing together voices that are generally separated both inside and outside the academy, Field Notes on the Visual Arts makes clear that the work of art is both meaningful and resistant to meaning.

Spitfire Women of World War II (Paperback): Giles Whittell Spitfire Women of World War II (Paperback)
Giles Whittell 2
R234 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the incredible true story of a wartime sisterhood of women pilots: a group of courageous pioneers who took exceptional risks to fly Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancasters to the frontlines of World War II. The women pilots of Air Transport Auxiliary came from all countries and backgrounds. Although not allowed into combat, they demonstrated astonishing bravery in their supporting role: flying unarmed, without radios or instruments, and at the mercy of the weather and enemy aircraft, they delivered battle-ready planes to their male counterparts, the fighter pilots of the RAF. The story of these remarkable women pilots - among them Amy Johnson and Lettice Curtis - is a riveting account of women in wartime, and a fitting tribute to their spirit and valour.

Pogrom - Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Paperback): Steven J. Zipperstein Pogrom - Kishinev and the Tilt of History (Paperback)
Steven J. Zipperstein
R303 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R19 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

So shattering were the aftereffects of Kishinev, the rampage that broke out in late-Tsarist Russia in April 1903, that one historian remarked that it was "nothing less than a prototype for the Holocaust itself." In three days of violence, 49 Jews were killed and 600 raped or wounded, while more than 1,000 Jewish-owned houses and stores were ransacked and destroyed. Recounted in lurid detail by newspapers throughout the Western world, and covered sensationally by America's Hearst press, the pre-Easter attacks seized the imagination of an international public, quickly becoming the prototype for what would become known as a "pogrom," and providing the impetus for efforts as varied as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the NAACP. Using new evidence culled from Russia, Israel, and Europe, distinguished historian Steven J. Zipperstein's wide-ranging book brings historical insight and clarity to a much-misunderstood event that would do so much to transform twentieth-century Jewish life and beyond.

Prague in Black and Gold - The History of a City (Paperback, New Ed): Peter Demetz Prague in Black and Gold - The History of a City (Paperback, New Ed)
Peter Demetz
R302 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R96 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Millions of visitors come to Prague each year, drawn by its rich cultural heritage and visual splendour, yet knowing little of its extraordinary past. In this erudite, paradoxical history Peter Demetz dispels the popular sentimental image of his hometown as he tells the story of this great city from its origins through the devastation of the Thirty Years' War, the elegant eras of Mozart and Dvorák and the bleak, modern city depicted in Kafka's work, to the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

CCEA AS-level History Student Guide: Russia (1914-1941) (Paperback): Fin Lappin CCEA AS-level History Student Guide: Russia (1914-1941) (Paperback)
Fin Lappin
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Build, reinforce and assess students' knowledge throughout their course; tailored to the 2016 CCEA specification and brought to you by the leading History publisher, this study and revision guide combines clear content coverage with practice questions and sample answers. - Ensure understanding of the period with concise coverage of all Unit content, broken down into manageable chunks - Develop the analytical and evaluative skills that students need to succeed in A-level History - Consolidate understanding with exam tips and knowledge-check questions - Practise exam-style questions matched to the CCEA assessment requirements for every question type - Improve students' exam technique and show them how to reach the next grade with sample student answers and commentary for each exam-style question - Use flexibly in class or at home, for knowledge acquisition during the course or focused revision and exam preparation

Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1&2: Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in 20th century Europe Student Book + ActiveBook... Edexcel AS/A Level History, Paper 1&2: Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in 20th century Europe Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Katie Hall, David Brown, Ben Williams
R753 Discovery Miles 7 530 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: A level Subject: History First teaching: September 2015 First exams: June 2017 This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for both AS and A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

Weimar Germany - Promise and Tragedy, Weimar Centennial Edition (Paperback): Eric D. Weitz Weimar Germany - Promise and Tragedy, Weimar Centennial Edition (Paperback)
Eric D. Weitz
R506 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R99 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Thoroughly up-to-date, skillfully written, and strikingly illustrated, Weimar Germany brings to life an era of unmatched creativity in the twentieth century--one whose influence and inspiration still resonate today. Eric Weitz has written the authoritative history that this fascinating and complex period deserves, and he illuminates the uniquely progressive achievements and even greater promise of the Weimar Republic. Weitz reveals how Germans rose from the turbulence and defeat of World War I and revolution to forge democratic institutions and make Berlin a world capital of avant-garde art. He explores the period's groundbreaking cultural creativity, from architecture and theater, to the new field of "sexology"--and presents richly detailed portraits of some of the Weimar's greatest figures. Weimar Germany also shows that beneath this glossy veneer lay political turmoil that ultimately led to the demise of the republic and the rise of the radical Right. Yet for decades after, the Weimar period continued to powerfully influence contemporary art, urban design, and intellectual life--from Tokyo to Ankara, and Brasilia to New York. Featuring a new preface, this comprehensive and compelling book demonstrates why Weimar is an example of all that is liberating and all that can go wrong in a democracy.

Publications of the German Historical Institute - Thieves in Court  : The Making of the German Legal System in the Nineteenth... Publications of the German Historical Institute - Thieves in Court : The Making of the German Legal System in the Nineteenth Century (Hardcover)
Rebekka Habermas; Translated by Kathleen Mitchell Dell'Orto
R1,852 R1,710 Discovery Miles 17 100 Save R142 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the seemingly insignificant theft of some bread and a dozen apples in nineteenth century rural Germany, to the high courts and modern-day property laws, this English-language translation of Habermas' Diebe vor Gericht explores how everyday incidents of petty stealing and the ordinary people involved in these cases came to shape the current legal system. Habermas draws from an unusual cache of archival documents of theft cases, tracing the evolution and practice of the legal system of Germany through the nineteenth century. This close reading, relying on approaches of legal anthropology, challenges long-standing narratives of legal development, state building, and modern notions of the rule of law. Ideal for legal historians and scholars of modern German and nineteenth-century European history, this innovative volume steps outside the classic narratives of legal history and gives an insight into the interconnectedness of social, legal and criminal history.

Paradise Lost - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance (Paperback): Giles Milton Paradise Lost - The Destruction of Islam's City of Tolerance (Paperback)
Giles Milton 1
R348 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R128 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On Saturday 9th September, 1922, the victorious Turkish cavalry rode into Smyrna, the richest and most cosmopolitan city in the Ottoman Empire. What happened over the next two weeks must rank as one of the most compelling human dramas of the twentieth century. Almost two million people were caught up in a disaster of truly epic proportions. PARADISE LOST is told with the narrative verve that has made Giles Milton a bestselling historian. It unfolds through the memories of the survivors, many of them interviewed for the first time, and the eyewitness accounts of those who found themselves caught up in one of the greatest catastrophes of the modern age.

The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium - Marian Narratives in Texts and Images (Hardcover): Thomas Arentzen, Mary B.... The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium - Marian Narratives in Texts and Images (Hardcover)
Thomas Arentzen, Mary B. Cunningham
R2,022 R1,866 Discovery Miles 18 660 Save R156 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores how the Virgin Mary's life is told in hymns, sermons, icons, art, and other media in the Byzantine Empire before AD 1204. A group of international specialists examines material and textual evidence from both Byzantine and Muslim-ruled territories that was intended for a variety of settings and audiences and seeks to explain why Byzantine artisans and writers chose to tell stories about Mary, the Mother of God, in such different ways. Sometimes the variation reflected the theological or narrative purposes of story-tellers; sometimes it expressed their personal spiritual preoccupations. Above all, the variety of aspects that this holy figure assumed in Byzantium reveals her paradoxical theological position as meeting-place and mediator between the divine and created realms. Narrative, whether 'historical', theological, or purely literary, thus played a fundamental role in the development of the Marian cult from Late Antiquity onward.

A History of the Czech Lands (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Oldrich Tuma A History of the Czech Lands (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Oldrich Tuma
R1,066 R871 Discovery Miles 8 710 Save R195 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Born January 1, 1993, after the split with Slovakia, the Czech Republic is one of the youngest members of the European Union. Despite its youth, this new state and the areas just outside its modern borders boast an ancient and intricate past. With A History of the Czech Lands, editors Jaroslav Panek and Oldrich Tuma-along with several scholars from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Charles University - provide one of the most complete historical accounts of this region to date. Panek and Tuma's history begins in the Neolithic Era and follows the development of the state as it transformed into the Kingdom of Bohemia during the ninth century, into a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, into Czechoslovakia after World War I, and finally into the Czech Republic. Such a tumultuous political past arises in part from a fascinating native people, and A History of the Czech Lands profiles the Czechs in great detail, delving into past and present traditions and explaining how generation after generation adapted to a perpetually changing government and economy. In addition, contributors examine the many minorities that now call these lands home - Jews, Slovaks, Poles, Germans, Ukrainians, and others - and how each group's migration to the region has contributed to life in the Czech Republic today. With sixty new illustrations and an additional chapter examining the transformation of the Czech Republic from a post-communist country into a member of the European Union, this new edition of A History of the Czech Lands will be essential for scholars of Slavic, Central, and East European studies and a must-read for those who trace their ancestry to these lands.

The Prince (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Pocket Edition) (Leather / fine binding): Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Pocket Edition) (Leather / fine binding)
Niccolo Machiavelli 1
R293 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R110 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"It is safer to be feared than loved." These words embody the spirit of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli's classic work of political philosophy. Machiavelli's advice for how a ruler should acquire and ruthlessly exercise power over others continues to be relevant to contemporary readers more than five centuries after it was first published. This is one of Barnes & Noble's 'Collectible Editions' classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an elegantly designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging. Durable and collectible, these volumes are an indispensable cornerstone of every home library.

Nero - Emperor and Court (Hardcover): John F. Drinkwater Nero - Emperor and Court (Hardcover)
John F. Drinkwater
R862 R662 Discovery Miles 6 620 Save R200 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book portrays Nero, not as the murderous tyrant of tradition, but as a young man ever-more reluctant to fulfil his responsibilities as emperor and ever-more anxious to demonstrate his genuine skills as a sportsman and artist. This reluctance caused him to allow others to rule, and rule surprisingly well, in his name. On its own terms, the Neronian empire was in fact remarkably successful. Nero's senior ministers were many and various, but notably they included a number of powerful women, such as his mother, Agrippina II, and his second and third wives, Poppaea Sabina and Statilia Messalina. Using the most recent archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic and literary research, the book explores issues such as court-politics, banter and free speech; literary, technological and scientific advances; the Fire of 64, 'the persecution of Christians' and Nero's 'Golden House'; and the huge underlying strength, both constitutional and financial, of the Julio-Claudian empire.

The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library... The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Christopher Columbus, His Son, and the Quest to Build the World's Greatest Library (Hardcover)
Edward Wilson-Lee
R578 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Dutch in the Early Modern World - A History of a Global Power (Paperback): David Onnekink, Gijs Rommelse The Dutch in the Early Modern World - A History of a Global Power (Paperback)
David Onnekink, Gijs Rommelse
R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Emerging at the turn of the seventeenth century, the Dutch Republic rose to become a powerhouse of economic growth, artistic creativity, military innovation, religious tolerance and intellectual development. This is the first textbook to present this period of early modern Dutch history in a global context. It makes an active use of illustrations, objects, personal stories and anecdotes to present a lively overview of Dutch global history that is solidly grounded in sources and literature. Focusing on themes that resonate with contemporary concerns, such as overseas exploration, war, slavery, migration, identity and racism, this volume charts the multiple ways in which the Dutch were connected with the outside world. It serves as an engaging and accessible introduction to Dutch history as well as a case study in early modern global expansion.

The General - Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved (Paperback): Jonathan Fenby The General - Charles De Gaulle and the France He Saved (Paperback)
Jonathan Fenby 1
R315 R204 Discovery Miles 2 040 Save R111 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

No leader of modern times was more unique and more uniquely national than Charles de Gaulle. As founder and first President of the Fifth Republic, General de Gaulle saw himself 'carrying France on my shoulders'. When he first emerged on to the world stage in 1940, his insistence that he spoke for his nation might well have appeared impossibly arrogant for a recently promoted junior general who had never been elected to anything. But he personified many of the traits of his country which fascinate the rest of the world - its pride in itself, its intransigence, its historical and cultural heritage and its quasi-religious belief in the state. Le General, as he became known from 1940 on, appeared as if carved from a single monumental block, but was, in fact, extremely complex, a man with deep personal feelings and recurrent mood swings, devoted to his family and often seeking reassurance from those around him. Though insisting on discipline and loyalty from others, he was a great rebel. A grand visionary with a vast geo-political grasp and elephantine memory, he was also a supreme tactician with a taste for secrecy and the ability to out-flank opponents. This is a magisterial, sweeping biography of one of the great leaders of the twentieth century and of the country with which he so identified himself. Written with terrific verve and narrative skill, and yet rigorous and detailed, it brings alive as never before the private man as well as the public leader through exhaustive research and astute analysis.

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