New Arrivals · Biography

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Arthur Ashe : a life

August 17, 2018
Arsenault, Raymond.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
xii, 767 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Under the Dominion -- Playing in the shadows -- Dr. J and the Lynchburg boys -- The only raisin in a rice pudding -- The gateway -- The golden land -- Traveling man -- From Dixie to Down Under -- Advantage Ashe -- Openings -- Mr. Cool -- Racket man -- Doubling down -- Risky business -- South Africa -- Pros and cons -- Wimbledon 1975 -- King Arthur -- Affairs of the heart -- Coming back -- Off the court -- Captain Ashe -- Blood lines -- Hard road to glory -- Days of grace -- Final set -- Epilogue: Shadow's end.

The fighters : Americans in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

August 17, 2018
Chivers, C. J. (Christopher John), author.
©2018
xxiii, 374 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part 1. Storm. Into Afghanistan : G-Monster : Lieutenant Layne McDowell's quick air war -- Into the kill zone : Sergeant First Class Leo Kryszewski and the Gauntlet at al-Kaed Bridge -- Part 2. Bad hand. The one you hear already missed : Sergeant First Class Leo Kryszewski and the rocket attacks -- "In the Navy he'll be safe" : hospital corpsman Dustin E. Kirby and a family at war -- Down safe : chief Warrant officer Michael Slebodnik and the air cavalry war in Iraq -- G-Monster : Lieutenant Commander Layne McDowell's dream -- Part 3. Counterinsurgency. On Al Qaeda's turf : Dustin Kirby and the route Chicago shooting gallery -- "I'll fly away" : Chief Warrant officer Mike Slebodnik and the air cavalry in the eastern Afghan Valleys -- We're here because we're here : specialist Robert Soto and the ghosts of Korengal Valley -- The push : Lieutenant Jarrod Neff and a battle to turn the tide of the war -- Part 4. Reckoning. G-Monster : the satisfaction of restraint -- The fighter : Gail Kirby's demand.
"Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk--the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans. Weaving a history of the war through troops' experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved. Chivers accompanied combatants over many years and multiple tours, including many of the characters in this book, developing deep understanding of the experience of combat in our times. The Fighters, his tour de force, tells a history of America's longest wars as well as the lives of the volunteers who have waged them"-- Provided by publisher.

Closer you are : the story of Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices

August 17, 2018
Cutter, Matthew.
New York : Da Capo Press, 2018.
ix, 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

A life of my own

August 17, 2018
Tomalin, Claire, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2018.
334 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In A Life of My Own, the renowned biographer of Charles Dickens, Samuel Pepys, and Thomas Hardy, and former literary editor for the Sunday Times reflects on a remarkable life surrounded by writers and books. From discovering books as a form of escapism during her parents' difficult divorce, to pursuing poetry at Cambridge, where she meets and marries Nicholas Tomalin, the ambitious and striving journalist, Tomalin always steered herself towards a passionate involvement with art. She relives the glittering London literary scene of the 1960s, during which Tomalin endured her husband's constant philandering and numerous affairs, and revisits the satisfaction of being commissioned to write her first book, a biography of the early feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. In biography, she found her vocation. However, when Nick is killed in 1973 while reporting in Israel, the mother of four put aside her writing to assume the position of literary editor of the New Statesman. Her career soared when she later moved to the Sunday Times, and she tells with dazzling candor of this time in her life spent working alongside the literary lights of 1970s London. But, the pain of her young daughter's suicide and the challenges of caring for her disabled son as a single mother test Claire's strength and persistence. It is not until later in life that she is able to return to what gave her such purpose decades ago, writing biographies, and finds enduring love with her now-husband, playwright Michael Frayn."--Inside dust jacket.

Tragedy plus time : a tragi-comic memoir

August 17, 2018
Cayton-Holland, Adam, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2018.
xi, 236 pages ; 22 cm
"Unsentimental, unexpectedly funny, and incredibly honest, Tragedy Plus Time is a love letter to every family that has ever felt messy, complicated, or (even momentarily) magnificent. Meet the Magnificent Cayton-Hollands, a trio of brilliant, acerbic teenagers from Denver, Colorado, who were going to change the world. Anna, Adam, and Lydia were taught by their father, a civil rights lawyer, and mother, an investigative journalist, to recognize injustice and have their hearts open to the universe--the good, the bad, the heartbreaking (and, inadvertently, the anxiety-inducing and the obsessive-compulsive disorder-fueling). Adam chose to meet life's tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister, Anna, chose law; while their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled to find her place in the world. Beautiful and whip-smart, Lydia was witty, extremely sensitive, fiercely stubborn, and always somewhat haunted. She and Adam bonded over comedy from a young age, running skits in their basement and obsessing over episodes of The Simpsons. When Adam sank into a deep depression in college, it was Lydia who was able to reach him and pull him out. But years later as Adam's career takes off, Lydia's own depression overtakes her, and, though he tries, Adam can't return the favor. When she takes her own life, the family is devastated, and Adam throws himself into his stand-up, drinking, and rage. He struggles with disturbing memories of Lydia's death and turns to EMDR therapy to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder when he realizes there's a difference between losing and losing it. Adam Cayton-Holland is a tremendously talented writer and comedian, uniquely poised to take readers to the edges of comedy and tragedy, brilliance and madness. Tragedy Plus Time is a revelatory, darkly funny, and poignant tribute to a lost sibling that will have you reaching for the phone to call your brother or sister by the last page."--Dust jacket.

Google it : a history of Google

August 17, 2018
Redding, Anna Crowley, author.
©2018
231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

My childhood

August 17, 2018
Gorky, Maksim, 1868-1936, author.
Garden City, N.Y. : Garden City Pub., 1926.
374 pages : portrait ; 21 cm
Translation of Detstvo.

Chopin's piano : in search of the instrument that transformed music

August 16, 2018
Kildea, Paul Francis, author.
New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2018.
xiv, 353 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title Chopin's piano : A Journey Through Romanticism."

Marilyn Monroe : the private life of a public icon

August 16, 2018
Casillo, Charles, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, August 2018.
viii, 360 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves : illustrations ; 24 cm
Part 1: A broken girl. Mama ; Struggle for survival ; Be a good girl ; The world became friendly ; "A stray little kitten" ; Rising ; Important meetings ; The talk of Hollywood -- Part 2: The preferred blonde. Melting the screen ; Dissatisfactions ; "Elegant vulgarity" ; Marilyn Inc. ; New York actress ; "A different suit" ; Innocent monster ; Marriage ; Marilyn gets hot ; Truth ; Making love ; An unfit misfit ; A woman alone ; Nightmare ; Manic-depressive ; Age three five ; Doctor-patient relations -- Part 3: Close to Camelot. Compartmentalization ; "Negated sex symbol" ; Starting something ; Mass seduction ; Is Marilyn finished? ; Elizabeth and Marilyn ; Last sittings ; Sleepwalking ; Anger and despair ; Miscommunications ; "We've lost her" -- Epilogue: Lingering radiance.
"Based on new interviews and research, this groundbreaking biography explores the secret selves behind Marilyn Monroe's public façades. Marilyn Monroe. Her beauty still captivates. Her love life still fascinates. Her story still dominates popular culture. Now, drawing on years of research and dozens of new interviews, this biography cuts through decades of lies and secrets and introduces you to the Marilyn Monroe you always wanted to know: a living, breathing, complex woman, bewitching and maddening, brilliant yet flawed. Charles Casillo studies Monroe's life through the context of her times--in the days before feminism, and before there was adequate treatment for bipolar disorder, which Marilyn struggled with. Starting with her abusive childhood, this biography exposes how--in spite of her fractured psyche--Marilyn's extreme ambition inspired her to transform each celebrated love affair and each tragedy into another step in her journey towards immortality. Casillo fully explores the last two years of her life, including her involvement with both John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, and the mystery of her last day. Just a few of the revelations in [this book]: Despite reports of their bitter rivalry, Elizabeth Taylor secretly reached out and tried to help Marilyn during one of her darkest moments; the existence of Marilyn's semi-nude love scene with Clark Gable--long thought to be lost; a few nights before she died, Marilyn encountered Warren Beatty at a party and disclosed some of the reasons for her final despair; a meticulously detailed account of the events of her last day, revealing how a series of miscommunications and misjudgments contributed to her death."--Dust jacket.

The art & science of respect : a memoir

August 16, 2018
Prince, James, 1964 or 1965- author.
©2018
289 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
Cover title.
For decades, serial entrepreneur James Prince presided over Rap-A-Lot Records, one of the first and most successful independent rap labels. In his memoir, he explains how he earned his reputation as one of the most respected men in Hip Hop. By staying true to his three principles of heart, loyalty, and commitment, and an unwavering faith in God, he has defeated many adversaries. Whether battling the systemic cycle of poverty, record label executives, boxing promoters, or corrupt DEA agents, Prince has always emerged victorious. Respect isn't given, it's earned. In recounting his compelling life story, Prince analyzes the art and science of earning respect - and giving respect - and how to apply these principles to your own life.

Hatch, match, and dispatch : the life and times of the almost Reverend William Billow

August 16, 2018
Billow, William, author.
©2018
xvii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Statement of responsibility taken from jacket.
I know my own and my own know me -- A Midwestern boyhood -- Seminary -- St. Mark's Barrington Hills -- St. Columba's -- St. Albans School -- Washington National Cathedral -- Retirement (Sort of) -- Welcome to LA -- Hatch, match, and dispatch -- Legacy -- The final curtain.
"Being a priest is often compared to being a shepherd. People do, from time to time, need a poke here or a prod there. But mostly, they need to know someone is watching out for them. Rev. William Billow has been that gentle guiding hand for multiple communities across the nation, but he is best known for his services in Washington, DC, from St. Albans School to Washington National Cathedral. He practices 'the ministry of presence,' witnessing and overseeing the baptisms, weddings, and funerals of the members of his flocks. The lives he has touched and encouraged in his flocks include presidents, journalists, and many other inspired neighbors. As he moves from community to community, his story does not fail to enlighten and inspire"--Jacket flap.

Founding martyr : the life and death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's lost hero

August 14, 2018
Di Spigna, Christian, author.
©2018
322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Introduction -- No turning back -- Childhood hamlet -- The Harvard years -- Speckled monster -- New beginnings -- Acts of violence -- Unsheath thy quill -- From red fields to crimson cobblestones -- A time to mourn -- A bitter crew -- Resolved -- Joseph Warren's ride -- Hill of lamentations -- Founding mourners -- Epilogue -- Warren's legacy.
A detailed portrait of Founding Father, Dr. Joseph Warren, examines his work as an architect of the colonial rebellion, before his hero's death at Bunker Hill obscured his essential role in America's independence.

A girl's guide to missiles : growing up in America's secret desert

August 14, 2018
Piper, Karen Lynnea, 1965- author.
©2018
x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Becoming China Lakers -- A teenage weaponeer -- Dynamic instability -- The Cold War at home -- Anything can be a weapon -- Off target -- Life without weapons.
The China Lake missile range in the Mojave Desert was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were the Piper family. Her dad designed the Sidewinder. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, set off down a Los Angeles freeway, and even stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper's memoir also reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe.-- Adapted from publisher information.

Em nome dos pais

August 14, 2018
Leitão, Matheus, 1977- author.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ : Intrínseca, maio de 2017.
441 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Comer, rezar, amar : a busca de uma mulher por todas as coisas da vida na Itália, na Índia e na Indonésia

August 14, 2018
Gilbert, Elizabeth, 1969-
Rio de Janeiro, RJ : Objetiva, ©2006.
342 pages ; 23 cm
Itália -- Índia -- Indonésia.
Traces the author's decision to quit her job and travel the world for a year after suffering a midlife crisis and divorce, a journey that took her to three places in her quest to explore her own nature and learn the art of spiritual balance.

Bonnie and Clyde : the making of a legend

August 13, 2018
Blumenthal, Karen, author.
New York : Viking , 2018.
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"True story of love, crime and murder traces Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's wild path from dirt-poor Dallas teens to their astonishingly violent end and the complicated legacy that survives them both" --Jacket

Scarface and the untouchable : Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the battle for Chicago

August 13, 2018
Collins, Max Allan, author.
©2018
xix, 699 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 565-674) and index.
"A THRILLING MAGNUM OPUS ON AMERICA'S GREAT CRIME EPIC. A Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master"--author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner--teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz's Scarface and the Untouchable delivers--at last--the definitive account of the "Battle for Chicago," the iconic struggle between the mythic yet real combatants who have captivated the world for 90 years"-- Provided by publisher.

All happy families : a memoir

August 13, 2018
McCulloch, Jeanne, author.
©2018
240 pages ; 22 cm
"The Glass Castle meets The Nest in this stunning debut, an intimate family memoir that gracefully brings us behind the dappled beachfront vista of privilege, to reveal the inner lives of two wonderfully colorful, unforgettable families. On a mid-August weekend, two families assemble for a wedding at a rambling family mansion on the beach in East Hampton, in the last days of the area's quietly refined country splendor, before traffic jams and high-end boutiques morphed the peaceful enclave into the "Hamptons." The weather is perfect, the tent is in place on the lawn. But as the festivities are readied, the father of the bride, and "pater familias" of the beachfront manse, suffers a massive stroke from alcohol withdrawal, and lies in a coma in the hospital in the next town. So begins Jeanne McCulloch's vivid memoir of her wedding weekend in 1983 and its after effects on her family, and the family of the groom. In a society defined by appearance and protocol, the wedding goes on at the insistence of McCulloch's theatrical mother. Instead of a planned honeymoon, wedding presents are stashed in the attic, arrangements are made for a funeral, and a team of lawyers arrive armed with papers for McCulloch and her siblings to sign. As McCulloch reveals, the repercussions from that weekend will ripple throughout her own family, and that of her in-law's lives as they grapple with questions of loyalty, tradition, marital honor, hope, and loss. Five years later, her own brief marriage ended, she returns to East Hampton with her mother to divide the wedding presents that were never opened. Impressionistic and lyrical, at turns both witty and poignant, All Happy Families is McCulloch's clear-eyed account of her struggle to hear her own voice amid the noise of social mores and family dysfunction, in a world where all that glitters on the surface is not gold, and each unhappy family is ultimately unhappy in its own unique way"-- Provided by publisher.

Captive : a mother's crusade to save her daughter from a terrifying cult

August 13, 2018
Oxenberg, Catherine, 1961- author.
©2018
xxiv, 357 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: India and me : our search for meaning -- Part 1. Losing India -- The guru and the gold sash -- Love bombing and epiphanies -- The defiant ones -- The Great Oz has spoken -- Two roads diverged -- Sex, lies, and videotape -- Human pain and bliss -- Part 2. Saving India -- Awakenings -- An intervention party -- Expians and exodus -- Gangsta moms -- Cue the flying monkeys -- The ring of fire -- Battle cry -- D-day or doomsday -- A passage to India -- Captured -- Persephone's dilemma.
Oxenberg lays bare a secretive organization that is holding her daughter hostage and details her mission to save her. In 2011, Catherine joined her daughter, India, at a leadership seminar for a new organization called NXIVM. They both thought this program might help her achieve her dream of starting her own company. But as her daughter became brainwashed by the organization's charismatic leader she joined a secret, elite "sorority" of women members who are ordered to maintain a restricted diet, recruit other women as "slaves," and are branded with their leader's initials. -- adapted from jacket

Loulou & Yves : the untold story of Loulou de la Falaise and the House of Saint Laurent

August 13, 2018
Petkanas, Christopher, author.
©2018
xvi, 495 pages : illustrations (some color), genealogical table ; 24 cm
Sir Oswald and Lady Birley -- A tribe called Falaise -- Rogue countess -- Les miserables -- A precocious itinerary : East Sussex to Gstaad, New York to Provence -- The Knight of Glin -- She's married to a fairy, so what's her problem? -- Donald Cammell, sex addict -- Hippie De Luxe Londonienne -- The years between, 1968-1972 -- Loulou & Yves -- Anne-Marie Munoz, Mater Dolorosa -- Thadee or Ricardo? -- Glue-gunning ahead of the curve -- Stop press -- Wedding of the decade -- La vie en couple -- Bijoux de fantaisie -- Les clans -- Muse? -- The Fiat guy -- Les girls Saint Laurent -- Lady Libertine -- Slogging through the '90s -- Ain't Laurent without Yves -- Loulou, Inc. -- Final stretch -- In extremis -- The second death of Saint Laurent -- Afterlife.
"Dauntless 'in the bone style' made Loulou de La Falaise one of the great fashion firebrands of the twentieth century. Descending in a direct line from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she was celebrated at her death in 2011, aged just sixty-four, as the 'highest of haute bohemia,' a feckless adventuress in the art of living--and the one person Yves Saint Laurent could not live without ... [She] was his creative right hand, muse, alter ego, and the virtuoso behind all the ... accessories that were a crucial component of the YSL 'look'"--Amazon.com.

Unhinged : an insider's account of the Trump White House

August 10, 2018
Omarosa, author.
©2018
xxxi, 334 pages ; 24 cm
Part one: The Apprentice years. "Make us proud" ; Winning bigly ; The ultimate merger ; Shattered -- Part two: the campaign. The woman problem ; Winning votes and defeating opponents ; Unconventional standards ; Trump vs. Clinton ; Election day -- Part three: The White House. The transition ; Tackled by my teammates ; "I think the president is losing it!" ; The unraveling ; The fall.
Former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the Trump administration, Omarosa Manigault Newman discusses how her personal and professional relationships with Donlad Trump have changed from the time she was a contestant on "The Apprentice" to her public ousting from White House.

The Arab of the future 3 : a graphic memoir : a childhood in the Middle East (1985-1987)

August 9, 2018
Sattouf, Riad, author, illustrator.
New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2018.
146 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Originally published in France in 2016 by Allary Éditions"--Title page verso.

The husband hunters : American heiresses who married into the British aristocracy

August 9, 2018
De Courcy, Anne, author.
©2018
x, 307 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Where they came from -- The 'buccaneers' -- Jennie -- The first duke captured -- Living in the country -- Mrs. Paran Stevens -- Alva -- Newport -- The 'Marrying Wilsons' -- The call of Europe -- Virginia -- Maud -- Royal connections -- The Bradley-Martins -- Fitting in--or not -- Tennie Claflin : the odd one out -- The river of gold -- It was all too much.
"A deliciously told group biography of the young, rich, American heiresses who married impoverished, British gentry at the turn of the twentieth century - the real women who inspired Downton Abbey. Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age. Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them"-- Provided by publisher.

Never stop walking : a memoir of finding home across the world

August 9, 2018
Rickardsson, Christina, author.
Seattle : AmazonCrossing, [2018]
237 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
"This is the story of my childhood in Brazil, about the culture shock I experienced when I arrived in the forests of northern Sweden and about the loss of the people I loved most. It's about what I remember of my childhood in the Brazilian wilderness, on the streets of São Paulo, in the orphanage. And it's about my early days in Sweden, when I found myself dropped into a place and life that couldn't have been in sharper contrast to what I had known"--Back jacket.

De Gaulle

August 8, 2018
Jackson, Julian, 1954- author.
©2018
xl, 887 pages, 36 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Simultaneously published in the United Kingdom as A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle.
Part One. De Gaulle before 'De Gaulle', 1890-1940: Beginnings, 1890-1908 -- War: 'A regret that will never leave me', 1908-1918 -- Rebuilding a career, 1919-1932 -- Making a mark, 1932-1939 -- The Battle of France, September 1939-June 1940 -- Part Two. Exile, 1940-1944: Rebellion, 1940 -- Survival, 1941 -- Inventing Gaullism -- On the world stage, September 1941-June 1942 -- Fighting France, July-October 1942 -- Power struggles, November 1942-November 1943 -- Building a state in exile, July 1943-May 1944 -- Liberation, June-August 1944 -- Part Three. In and out of power, 1944-1958: In power, August 1944-May 1945 -- From liberator to saviour, May 1945-December 1946 -- The new messiah, 1947-1955 -- In the 'desert', 1955-1958 -- The 18 Brumaire of Charles de Gaulle, February-June 1958 -- President du conseil, June-December 1958 -- Part Four. Republican monarch, 1959-1965: Algeria: 'This affair which absorbs and paralyses us', 1959-1962 -- Turning point, 1962 -- The pursuit of grandeur, 1958-1963 -- Going global, 1963-1964 -- Modernizing monarch, 1958-1964 -- Half-time, 1965 -- Part Five. Towards the end, 1966-1970: Upsetting the applecart, 1966-1967 -- Diminishing returns -- Revolution, 1968 -- The end, June 1968-November 1970 -- Myth, legacy and achievement.
A definitive biography of the mythic general who refused to accept the Nazi domination of France, drawing on unpublished letters, memoirs, and papers in the newly opened de Gaulle archives that show how this volatile man put a broken France back at the center of world affairs. In the early summer of 1940, when France was overrun by German troops, one junior general who had fought in the trenches in Verdun refused to accept defeat. He fled to London, where he took to the radio to address his compatriots back home. "Whatever happens," he said, "the flame of French resistance must not be extinguished and will not be extinguished." At that moment, Charles de Gaulle entered history. For the rest of the war, de Gaulle insisted he and his Free French movement were the true embodiment of France. Sometimes aloof but confident in his leadership, he quarreled violently with Churchill and Roosevelt. Through sheer force of personality he inspired French men and women to risk their lives to resist the Nazi occupation. Thanks to de Gaulle, France was recognized as one of the victorious Allies when Germany was finally defeated. Then, as President of the Fifth Republic, de Gaulle brought France to the brink of a civil war over his controversial decision to pull out of Algeria. Julian Jackson's landmark biography, the first major reconsideration in over twenty years, captures this titanic figure as never before.-- Provided by publisher.

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