De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, And Modern Democracy by Daniel J. MahoneyDe Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, And Modern Democracy by Daniel J. Mahoney

De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, And Modern Democracy

byDaniel J. Mahoney

Hardcover | May 1, 1996

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Mahoney provides a comprehensive study of the thought and action of Charles de Gaulle. This volume is neither a biography nor a historical narrative, although it addresses important aspects of de Gaulle's life and political career. Mahoney asserts that de Gaulle is systematically misunderstood, especially in the Anglo-American world. He is sometimes dismissed as a narrow or quixotic nationalist, pigeon-holed as an irrational anti-American, and often labelled with various anti-democratic appellations such as Bonapartist or Nietzschean. In responding to this wide-spread misunderstanding, Mahoney analyzes de Gaulle's approach to the "problem" of modern democracy. De Gaulle believed that human beings were political animals who naturally desired to live in communities dedicated to shared, noble purposes. He also knew that modern men are individuals who resist or ignore these purposes. The statesman-writer de Gaulle believed it was the task of statesmanship to kindle these political purposes by reaching for the summits--for the dazzling light of national unity and ambition that he called "grandeur." Mahoney shows that de Gaulle did not despair of liberal democracy; he did not succumb to the illusions of the impatient or tyrannical that "anything" is better than democratic mediocrity. This is an important corrective to scholars and students of modern political thought and European history, as well as an invaluable guide to democratic statesmanship in our time.
Title:De Gaulle: Statesmanship, Grandeur, And Modern DemocracyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1996Publisher:Praeger Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0275949222

ISBN - 13:9780275949228

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?No biographer or historian has yet quite captured the greatness of Charles de Gaulle. Daniel J. Mahoney's book takes a new approach. It is an extraordinarily penetrating and original study of de Gaulle as political thinker....More than a treatment of the well-known aspects of de Gaulle's career, Mahoney has written a work of political reflection. His astounding claim is that de Gaulle's books and speeches, analyzed in the light of his deeds, are a source of profound insight, not only into political life but into the human condition. To make his case, Mahoney must overcome our prejudice against the truth and relevance of the statesman's view of morality and politics. Mahoney succeeds wonderfully.??The Weekly Standard