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A Savage War of Peace : Algeria, 1954-1962

Horne, Alistair

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ISBN 10: 0670619647 / ISBN 13: 9780670619641
Published by Viking Press, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1978
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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604 pages with b&w photographs. Still shrink wrapped. Presents the first full history of the Algerian war, from the All-Saints'-Day rebellion of November 1, 1954, to the election of an independent Algerian government in July 1962. He masterfully weaves the complex strands of this story into a narrative of relentless fascination; the war itself in all its military and political aspects; the constant struggles within the F.L.N.; the profound revolution within Algerian Muslim society; the revolution in the French army in Algeria; the near civil war among the Europeans in Algeria, which culminated in the horrors of the O.A.S. and which threatened to spill over into Metropolitan France. The revoluton of the war moves into the external political arena -- on the rostrum of the United Nations and platforms of the Third World and in the councils of both Western and Eastern blocs. The French Foreign Legion's 1er R.E.P. (Premier Regiment Etranger Parachutiste) participated in the revolution against independence. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 008830

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Title: A Savage War of Peace : Algeria, 1954-1962

Publisher: Viking Press, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover/Boards

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Part Two Of Two Parts

The Algerian war was at once the last of the old-style "colonial wars" and the archetype of horribly savage new conflicts - undeclared wars between old and new worlds - waged successfully by urban terrorists and country-based guerrillas against crack modern armies. In eight years, more than a million Algerians died and an equal number of Europeans lost their homes. It was a tragedy rife with lessons Americans had to learn all over again in Vietnam. As the Third World continues to make its aspirations felt, and established political powers continue to maintain an order they must struggle to impose, the story of Algeria's fight for independence stands as model and prophecy. A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE is the definitive history of that prophetic war.

"Alistair Horne is one of the best writers of history in the English speaking world. A Savage War of Peace shows him at the peak of his powers." (Financial Times)

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