I loved reading the book the French Resistance: The History of the Opposition Against Nazi Germany's Occupation of France during World War II. The book was brief but thorough, it explained the differences between and the relationship of Charles de Gaulle, and Giraud. The book also explained the differences between the various resistance fractions. The book also indicated that both the British and American governments considered Charles de Gaulle to potentially be a tall version of a French Hitler. One insight that the book provided was that no matter the political persuasion of the resistance member, they all considered themselves Frenchmen and fought for France in essence they avoided a Civil War after France was freed. The book contains several stories of captured resistance fighters who the Gestapo were unable to break. Also there is a small section in the book that describes the rightist pro-German militia. Lastly the book explains the price of resistance that was paid for with French blood. I highly recommend this book.
What a slip-shod poor excuse for a book.It is very short,more like a written-in-class exam essay. Leaves a lot of history out, has some details not quite accurate. Has good account of rivalry betwenn de Gaulle and Giraud, reveals the prejudice of Roosevelt against de Gaulle. Could have benefited from a reading-over prior to publishing, left typos and stylistic errors in un-numbered pages. All in all, a waste ofmy money.
I thought that the book was very informative. I knew very little about the Resistance, but knew it was important to the war effort and the people of France. I was looking for more stories of individuals and what they had done and the risk that they took.