Seven Years In France: François Mitterrand And The Unintended Revolution, 1981-1988

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Seven Years In France: François Mitterrand And The Unintended Revolution, 1981-1988

By Julius W. Friend
Westview Press, 1989
249 pp. $34.95
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An intelligent and highly readable account of the Mitterrand years that, Friend argues, have changed the political landscape of France. The left's rejection of communism, the rise of Le Pen, and the Socialists' own change from doctrinaire to pragmatic politics are analyzed, and Mitterrand's personal achievements-the very durability of his presence-are put in a broader context. A very good example of instant history.

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