Mitterrand: A Political Biography

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Mitterrand: A Political Biography

By Wayne Northcutt
Holmes & Meier, 1992
399 pp. $34.95

An American scholar has written a political biography of France's two-term president, tracing in detail his ascendancy and his deep hostility to de Gaulle, his gradual reform of the Socialist Party, his economic mistakes and corrections. The book reads like a rather listless chronicle, derivative and not particularly original, stressing Mitterrand's pragmatic skill as a politician, his idealism and humanistic allure. Mitterrand, often labeled enigmatic and elusive, should inspire a more probing, literate effort; he deserves better.

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