Charles De Gaulle
The best books by France’s wartime leader and president, Charles de Gaulle.
There are a huge number of books about de Gaulle so we’ve turned to Professor of Modern French History Julian Jackson ( best books about de Gaulle ) and Professor of Politics Sudhir Hazareesingh (best books on Charles de Gaulle’s place in French culture) to highlight the best.
Books by Charles De Gaulle
Interviews where books by Charles De Gaulle were recommended
The Complete War Memoirs of Charles de Gaulle
by Charles De Gaulle
Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb
by François-René de Chateaubriand
by Charles Péguy
Memoirs: Fifty Years of Political Reflection
by Raymond Aron
The Vichy Syndrome: History and Memory in France Since 1944
by Henry Rousso
Charles de Gaulle had ‘a certain idea of France’ which even he didn’t manage to articulate clearly. De Gaulle biographer and one of Britain’s leading historians of modern France, Julian Jackson, talks us through some key books to get a sense of France’s wartime leader and president, Charles de Gaulle.
Hazareesingh’s book choices include de Gaulle’s “very readable” war diaries. In books of condolences after the leader’s death, people wrote things like, “Goodbye Charles, you were greater than Napoleon”
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