- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Casemate (19 Nov. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612000681
- ISBN-13: 978-1612000688
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Free Frances Lion: The Life of Phillippe Leclerc, de Gaulles Greatest General Hardcover – 19 Nov 2011
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This book ends that. Detailled but never getting bogged down, this is an excellent, well written and above all readable biography.
If you are interested in the regular Free French Forces in the Second World War or just wonder what could have happened if Leclerc had made different choices then this book is for you.
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Born of an aristocratic family and devoutly Catholic with a conservative bent, LeClerc would seem to have been the sort to collaborate with the Germans after the fall of France in 1940, but he always adapted and grew. One of his most praiseworthy qualities was that he gave his respect to no one but allowed anyone to earn it. He was a military man to his fingertips but always looked beyond it to the world in which he lived. And I'm forced to wonder how the postwar history of France might have been different had he not died in a plane crash.
Despite the book's flaws, I urge readers to give it a look.
What did he consult instead? If one looks at his endnotes, one quickly discovers that the bulk of this book is simply cribbed from a couple of French language biographies of Leclerc. The other sources are various printed primary sources (such as memoirs) or secondary works. Unfortunately, Moore did not even do a good job looking at the printed literature. He includes a number of dubious works that most historians would not cite, such as Osprey books, and he clearly did not consult a huge--I mean a huge--number of secondary sources that any halfway competent historian would have, not even those available in English.
Shame on Casemate for accepting this manuscript; shame on Moore for attempting to write a biography without doing any serious work.
This book is simple excellent, it take a bit of getting use to the french terms and names being used. But once you get in to reading about the great figure it won't make a different.
The impact this man made on the "Free French Forces" is unbeleivable. Take your time and read this book, I bought it on my kindle and i had a hard time putting it down I want to see what was next in his life.
It is a very intest book to read, but as I have said before well worth it!!!!
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