Books: Vanity Vindicated

FRANCE REBORN by Robert Aron. 490 pages. Scribner. $ 8.50.

Everyone knows how exasperating Charles de Gaulle was during World War II. Arrogant and aloof, he demanded his own way, and when he did not get it he sulked. At times he seemed to irritate F.D.R. more than Hitler or Tojo, and Churchill grumped that "My biggest cross is the Cross of Lorraine." But French Historian Robert Aron contends that the Allies never understood what De Gaulle was up to.

Conquest by Coup d'Etat. It was not mere vanity that motivated De Gaulle. His...

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