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Hostile Allies: FDR and DeGaulle
Hardcover, 280 pages
The MacMillan Company, 1965
Very Good/Very Good
Charles de Gaulle and Franklin Roosevelt, on the same side during a great war, had every reason to try to get along--but they failed utterly to understand each other, or to work rationally together. Each looked up on the war from vastly different perspectives. Each brought to each problem a totally different set of premises. Had either man been less egocentric, he might have understood the other. Roosevelt, the mightier of the two, had little to lose by giving de Gaulle’s motivation some sympathetic reflection. Instead, he interpreted de Gaulle at his worst, as petty and as a chauvinist anxious to seize and maintain absolute power.
Roosevelt closed his mind to the notion of de Gaulle as the gallant defender of French honor. De Gaulle regarded Roosevelt as supercilious and patronizing. De Gaulle’s assumption of power, first in Algeria, later in the liberated regions of France, were impossible for Roosevelt to take in his stride--yet he had to. In the bitter duel between the two men are the roots of the differences that separate the United States and France today.
The tale of these two men, allied by a common cause, but irrevocably separated by temperament and tradition, is an extraordinary one. In the telling, Roosevelt diminishes in stature--his dealings with de Gaulle show him, in spite of his generosity and idealism, as petty and vacillating. And de Gaulle, with all his incredible arrogance, emerges as one of the greatest figures in the long history of France and Europe.
This stated Second Printing copy is in excellent “vintage” condition with a tight binding and no spine rolls. The book and its pages are without writing, marks or tears, but shows slight tanning. The intact dust jacket shows some tanning and wear particularly at the top edges including several unchipped tears at the top rear. There are no remainder marks, the original $6.95 price listing is unclipped and this is not an ex-library copy.