"This book is an excellent review of the history of New Caledonia during the war years and explains much about the current relationship between the United States and France." · Books-online
"The rigorous archival depth and scholarship of the book allows every twist and turn to be detailed down to the hour, and peopled by an array of characters whose self-belief and delusions would make a fictional tale appear absurdly unrealistic...the book provides ingredients essential for understanding the international history of the following forty years, at least." · American Historical Review
"This book makes distinct contributions to the existing literature on French-American relations ... but it is also interesting in its own right." · Irwin Wall, University of California/Irvine
"This is a sharply drawn, deftly written, straight-laced exposure of the perceptions and biases that generated a lasting international ill will, with repercussions up to the present day." · Wisconsin Bookwatch
"This book deserves wider attention that just among historians of the South Pacific or of the American military... Each colony shows a microcosm of Franco-French disputes, of uncongenial relations between the Allies and of the inevitable confrontation between the French and the "natives" whose lives, in different ways around the imperial globe, changed because of the war. Munholland's excellent study explores these issues, and also provides essential background to the post-war future of the French forced retreat from empire and its difficult engagement with its American ally." · H-Net France
"...a clear, authoritative narrative...book that is at once wide-ranging and detailed - and welcome." · International History Review
About the Author
Kim Munholland received his Ph. D. from Princeton University and, since 1963, has been a member of the history faculty at the University of Minnesota where he has taught Modern European and French History.