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There are three volumes, and they’re very readable. There are portraits in there of all the great characters – Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt. De Gaulle says, in one section: ‘Faced with the political disaster, I had to become France.’ He sort of carries the country on his shoulder – and that’s what Churchill saw. De Gaulle was driven by this greater sense that only a free sovereign France could restore the nation’s pride and sense of purpose … and that he was the man to do it.