• Julian Jackson's biography is a worthy monument to this extraordinary figure. He has a good eye for the telling quotation and a magnificent capacity to place de Gaulle, one of the most fascinating subjects in twentieth-century politics, in his historical and political setting. The result is a wonderful history of modern France disguised as the biography of a statesman.

    Mark Mazower, New York Review of Books
  • Scholarship of the highest class ... a truly great book, for after this all other biographies can be cast aside.

    Simon Heffer, Sunday Telegraph
  • Only a great biography could do justice to such a man. This one does it, magnificently.

    Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph
  • More than just another, bigger, biography ... he has the skill and style to maintain a dramatic narrative over nearly 800 pages of text

    Robert Tombs, Spectator
  • A suitably monumental achievement.

    Lewis Jones, The Times

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