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Leon Blum

Leon Blum

By Jean Lacouture

Holmes & Meier, 1982, 571 pp.

A retelling of an endlessly fascinating and ultimately pathetic story: a well-known French journalist provides a sympathetic but not uncritical account of one of the most hated but well-intentioned leaders of modern France. It is also the story of a particular brand of social democracy caught in the crossfire of communism and fascism. Readable and replete with aptly chosen excerpts from contemporary records.