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  • Short gives an extremely vivid account of the way Mitterrand exercised the office of president

    Jonathan Derbyshire, Prospect
  • An excellent new book... The story of the rebuilding of France after the war in an equally embittered and divided republic

    Andrew Adonis, New Statesman
  • A compelling read for anyone interested in international power politics

    Richard Davenport-Hines, Daily Telegraph
  • [Mitterrand] remains an endlessly fascinating figure, and Philip Short tells the story expertly in this deeply researched and marvellously readable biography

    David A. Bell, Guardian
  • A stunningly detailed investigation of a monumental political character

    Robert Collins, Sunday Times
  • Philip Short, a former Paris correspondent for the BBC, makes excellent use of new interviews with Mitterrand's family to portray a flawed hero described by his own doctor as a mixture of "Machiavelli, Don Corleone, Casanova and the Little Prince".

    Sunday Business Post
  • Well-rounded

    Tobias Grey, Spectator
  • Excellent

    Patrick Marnham, Mail on Sunday
  • I don’t know why this extremely interesting book has not been more noticed… [A] gripping account

    Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph
  • A riveting read for anyone interested in political psychology

    Matthew Campbell, Sunday Times

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