As a writer, Charles de Gaulle has the gift of clarity, as a politician he knows the uses of ambiguity, and as a statesman he has shown remarkable consistency. From nearly 30 years of writings and remarks come these affirmations of his aspirations and ambitions:
Alliances do not settle everything. (1963)
The Glory of France
Our country, with her tinted sky, her varied contours, her fertile soil, our fields full of fine corn and vines and livestock, our industry, our gifts of initiative, adaptation and self-respect, make us, above all others, a race created for brilliant deeds.
The sword is the axis of the...