Books: Too Poor to Bow

THE COMPLETE WAR MEMOIRS OF CHARLES DEGAULLE (1940-1946). 1,048 pages. Simon & Schuster. $12.50.

When Charles de Gaulle fled his prostrate country in 1940, he was all that the Free French had—and he had nothing: "Not the shadow of a force or of an organization at my side. In France, no following and no reputation. Abroad, neither credit nor standing." Four years later, the obscure and penniless general had helped liberate France, become its first postwar President, and taken his place among world statesmen of the first rank. History records no more telling example of the will to power.

De Gaulle's three volumes...

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