In This Review

Churchill and Degaulle
Churchill and Degaulle
By François Kersaudy
Atheneum, 1982, 476 pp.

The largely familiar story of two giants and their strained collaboration, with some new details but not much in the way of new or imaginative interpretation. The weaker of the two giants, the General in exile and without a real army, had a vision of the future that always differed from the ebullient vision of the British leader. De Gaulle's stubborn, historically grounded and circumscribed ideas have great resonance even today, whereas Churchill has become the great example of courage in adversity, an exemplar for beleaguered leaders who think (wrongly) that intransigence and tough rhetoric constituted the essence of Churchill. These were the last great European leaders to exert worldwide influence: one more reason one could wish this book to have been deeper and more searching.