There had grown up a sort of intimacy between occupantand occupU. . . a peculiar blending of mutual loathing and mutual respect, a pas de deux' An extraordinary history of French lives under occupation in the First and Second World Wars, this is an intimate, unforgettable meditation on the strange mixture of compromise and betrayal, collaboration and resistance that marks defeat, written by one of the greatest historians of France.
Richard Cobb—French And Germans, Germans And French - A Personal Interpretation