Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence. -- P. J. Philip, New York Times Book Review
The most wisdom-packed commentary on the problem set [before] all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940. -- D. W. Brogan, Spectator
About the Author
Marc Bloch was a French historian who cofounded the Annales School of French social history. He was captured and shot by the Gestapo in 1944 for his work with the French Resistance.