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Pétain : how the hero of France became a convicted traitor and changed the course of history

Author: Charles Williams
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Distinguished biographer Charles Williams sets the record straight on one of the most controversial figures to emerge during World War II. This is the true story of Petain--an orphan peasant boy who became Commander in Chief of the French Army and a hero of the First World War, but fell from grace when he collaborated with Nazi occupiers. In revealing the motivations and determining factors behind Petain's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Philippe Pétain; Philippe Pétain; Philippe Pétain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Williams
ISBN: 1403970114 9781403970114
OCLC Number: 57965783
Description: xi, 298 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: On the wrong side of history --
"The son of my sorrow" --
Choosing the saber over the book --
Saint-Cyr: lessons in war --
The Dreyfus affair --
Love, retirement, and a new beginning --
The dogs of war --
"The German is the enemy" --
The battle of Verdun --
Hero of France and commander-in-chief --
Total war --
Pétain, architect of victory --
Nini, the wife next door --
Saving the Spanish in Morocco --
The Politics of peace --
The hollow years --
The unpopular front --
Ambassador to Spain --
Defeat --
The road to Vichy --
The royal "we" --
The Germans, Darlan, and the Jewish question --
The specter of communism --
The trap --
The collapse of the house of cards --
Occupied France --
Vichy: the final act --
Reluctant flight --
The Marshal of France defends his honor --
Prison for life.
Responsibility: Charles Williams.
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Distinguished biographer Charles Williams sets the record straight on one of the most controversial figures to emerge during World War II. This is the true story of Petain--an orphan peasant boy who became Commander in Chief of the French Army and a hero of the First World War, but fell from grace when he collaborated with Nazi occupiers. In revealing the motivations and determining factors behind Petain's decisions, one of the most complex and tumultuous periods in French history is expertly unraveled. Packed with rich battle scenes and dramatic prose, Williams delivers a startling portrait of a controversial figure who wound up on the wrong side of French history.

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