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Last of the Giants Hardcover – March, 1972

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  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (March 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297003143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297003144
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,824,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ostensibly a book about the two waxing and waning giants of the Cold War, De Gaulle and Churchill, "The Last of the Giants" is as much about Sulzberger and his travels as anything else. "Giants" had its genesis in Sulzberger's earlier Test De Gaulle and Algeria when he realized that De Gaulle's handling of the Algerian Crisis proved his mettle and in likelihood he wanted to flesh that out more fully. The problem is that "Giants" isn't a typical biography but rather what reads like dispatches and journal entries from 1954 to 1963 and reads like the first draft of history that it is. Sulzberger rubs shoulders with all manner of fascinating people, some well known and others obscure. Lumping Churchill in here is almost gratuitous as by 1954 he was in profound physical decline and would stand down as Prime Minister the following year. Quite frankly he scarcely pops up often enough to warrant inclusion as you read far more about Eisenhower, Khrushchev, Pompidou, Nasser, McMillian, Adenauer, and others more frequently. In a sense it's almost an autobiography, yet at the same time the rebirth of Europe following World War II and the emergence of a desire for a European Union. The unfolding of the Cold War is captured in fairly brilliant detail and this is a must for scholars of that era although there is a lot of wading needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. As with Test De Gaulle and Algeria Sulzberger garners some truly wonderful insight into the character and thinking of De Gaulle.Read more ›
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Format: Hardcover
Ostensibly a book about the two waxing and waning giants of the Cold War, De Gaulle and Churchill, "The Last of the Giants" is as much about Sulzberger and his travels as anything else. "Giants" had its genesis in Sulzberger's earlier Test De Gaulle and Algeria when he realized that De Gaulle's handling of the Algerian Crisis proved his mettle and in likelihood he wanted to flesh that out more fully. The problem is that "Giants" isn't a typical biography but rather what reads like dispatches and journal entries from 1954 to 1963 and reads like the first draft of history that it is. Sulzberger rubs shoulders with all manner of fascinating people, some well known and others obscure. Lumping Churchill in here is almost gratuitous as by 1954 he was in profound physical decline and would stand down as Prime Minister the following year. Quite frankly he scarcely pops up often enough to warrant inclusion as you read far more about Eisenhower, Khrushchev, Pompidou, Nasser, McMillian, Adenauer, and others more frequently. In a sense it's almost an autobiography, yet at the same time the rebirth of Europe following World War II and the emergence of a desire for a European Union. The unfolding of the Cold War is captured in fairly brilliant detail and this is a must for scholars of that era although there is a lot of wading needed to separate the wheat from the chaff. As with Test De Gaulle and Algeria Sulzberger garners some truly wonderful insight into the character and thinking of De Gaulle.Read more ›
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