Probably the best account in English of recent French history. With sureness of touch and intimate knowledge of the facts, the author, Paris correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, tells the story of the rise of French fascism after the riots of February 1934; of Doumergue's attempt to revise the constitution; of Laval's disastrous foreign policy during the Ethiopian crisis; of the formation and victory of the Front Populaire; of Blum's "New Deal" for France; and of the repercussions of the Spanish crisis on French foreign and domestic policy. The struggle between French fascism and democracy forms the author's central theme. Though his liberal sympathies are evident, he has nevertheless produced an eminently fair-minded piece of political analysis.
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