Challenging De Gaulle: The O.A.S. And The Counterrevolution In Algeria, 1954-1962
By Alexander Harrison
Praeger, 1989, 192 pp.
Through interviews and unpublished documents, this book seeks to plumb the motivations, actions, and subsequent fate of the members of the Organisation Armée Secrète (OAS), which battled the Algerian liberation movement FLN. These men were mostly pieds-noirs, settlers in Algeria descended from poor immigrants from all parts of southern Europe. They were fanatically attached to Algeria's association with France but were effectively "sold out" (in their view) by the Evian accords. An interesting exploration of a strange slice of history, strangely poignant.