This book was written in a polemical spirit and it is bound to give rise to counter-polemics. The author, a professor at the University at Besançon, served as emissary between the Vichy régime and the British Government in the negotiations which led up to the gentleman's agreement between Pétain and Churchill providing inter alia that the former would not make a separate peace with Germany as long as Britain continued at war with the Nazis. He supplies abundant documentation concerning this and other episodes in his career as messenger between Vichy and the Allies. Whether his motives were as pure and his political awareness as keen as he believes is a question best left for history to decide.
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