de Chambrun, Rene.


1st ed., 1993. Xii + 221 pp., 10 photo & other plates + occasional photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. In this important contribution to the history of World War II, the author, one of the most remarkable Frenchmen of his generation, describes his extraordinary life as a soldier and diplomat. Serving as Captain in the French Army until the fall of France, he witnessed the evacuation of Dunkirk and was confident of Britain's ultimate success. Being the son-in-law of the Vichy Prime Minister, Pierre Laval and, through his American mother, a member of the Roosevelt family, he was sent to Washington, where he spent considerable time with president Roosevelt before the US entered the war. At Roosevelt's and Taft's behest, he travelled across the US converting Americans to the allied cause and doing everything possible to ensure aid to Britain and America. He also had the support of Churchill. However, due to the machinations of de Gaulle and Harry Hopkins, his mission failed. Hopkins and other ill-wishers in post-liberation France set him up to be falsely accused of treason. His triumphant vindication as a genuine hero and patriot makes exciting reading.

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