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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 577 pages
  • Publisher: Hobblebush Books (January 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 0963641387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963641380
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thibaut de Saint Phalle has been a corporate lawyer, a doctor of "sick" companies, an investment banker, a corporate executive,an educator,an officer in the OSS and a government official.He was awarded the French Legion of Honor.He is the author of six other books.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don Weadon on March 7, 2004
Some books tell a tale. Others provide a perspective on history. Others reveal intriguing plots, high adventure and fascinating locales.
This one does it all, and is a delightful read, to boot.
For anyone who lived through the tumult of WWII or who wishes a fascinating perspective on the events of the past half-century which today shape our future, this volume presents a master storyteller and participant at his best. Long an acknowledged expert in international business and finance, Saint Phalle departs his scholarly dissertations to wander with the reader through episodes of a fascinating life at the center of tumultuous world events -- whether at war, with the OSS in Asia, in the boardrooms of an evolving post-war Europe or with some of the more interesting figures of modern events.
His generous narrative is compelling, and is touched by his wisdom and wit.
This meaty work is both rewarding reading, and a volume which invited this reader to return and re-read a number of its passages. I only hope that the author has another volume up his sleeve, as it is clear to me that he has many other remarkable stories to tell, and I am anxious to read them all!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "delinquent21" on May 15, 2004
This is a delightful memoir and a very good read. The Twentieth Century sweeps through this book in all directions. Yet Saint Phalle manages to render a charming and intimate account of everything from the Roaring Twenties doings of his French aristocratic family to Depression life as a willful, impecunious college student who happened to find work tutoring the family that owns The New York Times. The author was an American spy in wartime China, an international corporate lawyer in postwar America, a flirtatious widower at the dawn of the Sixties, and an economic observer whose previous books contain a lot of good history, not to mention prescient and frightening intimations about what is happening to today's dollar.
Saint Phalle visited Dien Bien Phu as an American agent years before France's defeat there. He knew JFK and that President's methmaster "Doctor Feelgood." He was at Jerusalem's King David Hotel when Menachem Begin & Yitzhak Shamir blew it up. He was in Moscow the day of the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, toured the rebel Parliament before it was reduced by force. He helped overturn Tammany Hall in Fifties New York, served on Jimmy Carter's ExIm Bank Board, oversaw construction of a resort hotel in the Virgin Islands, got Brigitte Bardot to play with a hula-hoop on the Champs Elysees so a medical supplies client could sell its defective plastic tubing. His sense of humor prompted a few excellent gaffes along the way; he broaches that bombing at a lunch with Prime Minister Begin. Saint Phalle rarely plays victim when everything goes wrong and he credits a lot of his success to good luck.
He's a very good writer. SAINTS, SINNERS AND SCALAWAGS welcomes us in a relaxed and informative style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "thibaut39" on March 20, 2004
If de Saint Phalle is difficult to define in simple terms, so is his new book,"Saints, Sinners and Scalawags: a lifetime in Stories". The memoire is a collection of fascinating tales offering the reader a look into a spectacularly adventurous life. Meeting the gentlemanly former corporate lawyer and investment banker, one might not imagine he would write a first person account that includes shrunken heads, murder in Hong Kong, sabotage and fortunetellers. Many of the people de Saint Phalle has encountered are those who shaped our political landscape during the second half of the 20th century. Saint Phalle is a member of one of France's oldest families traced back to the 9th century, served in the OSS in China during the war, was decorated for bravery and received France's highest award, The Legion of Honor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "thibaut39" on April 6, 2004
SAINTS,SINNERS AND SCALAWAGS: A LIFETIME OF STORIES IS A BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN COLLECTION OF MEMOIRES WHICH MIRROR THE AUTHOR'S LIFE AND THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACES THAT WERE IMPORTANT TO HIM. THE BOOK BRINGS PAST HISTORY TO LIFE AND GIVES THE READER A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLACES AND MOTIVES OF PEOPLE WHO CREATED HISTORY. ELIZABETH McINTOSH, EDITOR, OSS SOCIETY NEWSLETTER AND AUTHOR: "SISTERHOOD OF SPIES"
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Thibaut de St. Phalle had just the pedigree to open doors on four continents, and enough brains and chutzpah to keep those doors open. A first generation Franco-American raised speaking both French and English, he had the advantage both a first rate (Harvard) and practical (Night School) education coupled with a willingness to work long and hard to achieve his goals in school, corporate law, business, and government service. Though taking French citizenship, he wiggled out their draft in 1939 when France needed him, electing to join the United States Navy when we went to war, first serving in the Panama Canal Zone in a position that involved much travel throughout the region, then in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy in the early Air-Naval Gunfire Control business, attached to the 45th Infantry Division before the Marine Corps claimed that role for itself, and finally in the Office of Strategic Services where, after preparation for employment in France, he was diverted to China, where he set up a search and rescue operation targeting downed U.S. airmen behind the lines that involved local pirates.

M. St. Phalle subtitles his memoir: ‘A Lifetime in Stories’, and it does not disappoint. It is entertaining, instructive, and in places educational. What it is not is well researched history. As history it contains serious flaws regarding Indochina that St. Phalle, as a bilingual Franco-American, should not have made. More to the point for someone who states: “In law schools and business schools one learns the importance of careful and unemotional analysis” (p. 315) should be held to that standard. Since it met three out of four of my criteria, 3.75 out of 5 stars.

The Historical flaws:
Commenting on Indochina in the period 1950-54, St.
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