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Title: Claude Barres. A Hero in Revolt
Description: London England, Macmillan & Co, 1962. 1st English Translation Edition, Binding: Cloth, Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Hardback Hardback. Slight shelf wear to edge. Shelf wear to edges and corners of D/J. Translated from the French by Humphrey Hare. Claude Barres is not only representative of the whole generation which grew up into the violence of the last war, but, in a special way, of Frenchmen of that generation. Grandson of Maurce Barres, born into a family of very strong patriotic traditions to spend a childhood in its three family residences, each rich in historical associations, he felt himself the upholder of a chivalrous ideal of France, in the service of which he was to show exceptional persoanl courage, and a touching regard for those under his command, as well as a clear and sensible appreciation of the difficulties facing France in the post-war world. He was a schoolboy when the Germans invaded France in 1940. He went into exile in New York with his English mother, and at the very earliest opportunity joined the Free French Forces as a paratrooper. After training at an O.C.T.U. in Eng;land he was dropped in the Rhone valley not long after D-Day, and distinguished himself in the operations which led to General de Gaulle's victorious entry into Paris in 1944, and later took part in further fighting on the Dutch border, wehn his united found themselves dropping around a German convoy. He survived unhurt to celebrate victory over Germany and to start a career in journalish, but after this stormy beginning he found he could not settle down to civilian life, particularly in Paris, where petty rancours, remnants of defeatism and jockeying for position disillusioned his hopes of finding in his compatriots a new and generous spirit capable of giving expression to his idea of France and of wiping out the shame of her collapse in 1940. He soon rejoined the paratroops and fought in Indo-China, from whence he volunteered for service in Korea. He received several mentions in dispatches and won decorations: he was wounded in Korea, where, not long before the end of his tour of duty he was given command of a company. Journalism again failed to satisfy his demands on life and himself and he became a pratrooper once again to fight in Algeriam where he was killed near the Runisian border in 1959. 215 pp.

Keywords: Non Fiction Biography Hero War France Claude Barres

Price: GBP 40.00 = appr. US$ 57.12 Seller: The London Bookworm
- Book number: 082916

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