Petain - How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History

Author(s): Charles Williams


Distinguished biographer Charles Williams sets the record straight on one of the most controversial figures to emerge during World War II.  This is the true story of Pétain--an orphan peasant boy who became Commander in Chief of the French Army and a hero of the First World War, but fell from grace when he collaborated with Nazi occupiers. In revealing the motivations and determining factors behind Pétain's decisions, one of the most complex and tumultuous periods in French history is expertly unraveled. Packed with rich battle scenes and dramatic prose, Williams delivers a startling portrait of a controversial figure who wound up on the wrong side of French history.

2005. First edition, first printing. A near fine copy only marked by small, faint stain to the top edge of the text block and a small moisture mark to the heel of the spine. The d/w is fair with some staining and a repaired tear to the top rear corner.


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General Fields

  • : 9781403970114
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : 0.580598
  • : September 2005
  • : 1.06 Inches X 6.28 Inches X 9.56 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 298
  • : 944.081/6/092 B
  • : Hardback
  • : Charles Williams