Julian Jackson is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London and one of the foremost British experts on twentieth-century France. His previous books include France- The Dark Years, 1940-1944, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles TimesHistory Book Award, and his celebrated The Fall of France, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2004. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques.
A suitably monumental achievement. -- Lewis Jones * The Times * 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 * Only a great biography could do justice to such a man. This one does it, magnificently. -- Noel Malcolm * Daily Telegraph * Scholarship of the highest class ... a truly great book, for after this all other biographies can be cast aside. -- Simon Heffer * Sunday Telegraph *