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Williams, Charles 1933-

Overview
Works: 19 works in 95 publications in 6 languages and 3,738 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DC420, B
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Most widely held works about Charles Williams
 
Most widely held works by Charles Williams
The last great Frenchman : a life of General de Gaulle by Charles Williams( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am France," General Charles de Gaulle announced when he formed the Free French in 1941. It was no idle boast. Following France's rapid capitulation to Nazi forces, de Gaulle alone stood for a France undefeated and still fighting. Through sheer force of will, he made himself heard, rescuing French dignity and insuring that at the end of World War II France would be among the victorious armies, her status as a world power recognized. It was an immense achievement, one that only a man of de Gaulle's raw nerve, stubbornness, arrogance, and messianic conviction could have accomplished. Though he had virtually no resources and commanded only a few thousand men, he insisted that Britain and America treat France as an equal. His relationship with Churchill was stormy in the extreme but based on a strong mutual admiration; with Roosevelt his relationship was icy. Nonetheless he achieved his goal: France took her place among the Big Five nations in the postwar world. The man who had been sentenced to death as a traitor by the Vichy government returned to France in 1944 a hero and a legend, soon to be elected president. In 1946 de Gaulle shocked the world by resigning. When he stepped back into the political arena twelve years later, it was to once again save a France in crisis. With the adroit maneuvering of a political mastermind he extricated France from Algeria and pulled the country back from the brink of civil war. He barely escaped with his life, surviving numerous assassination attempts by French-Algerians angered by his apparent betrayal. De Gaulle's second presidency lasted ten years until 1968, when student-led revolts toppled his government, but his extraordinary legacy endured in France's most effective constitution since the Revolution, and in international prestige that would have been unthinkable in the previous decade. Charles de Gaulle died in November 1970, a few days before his eightieth birthday. He was a product of northern French provincial society of the nineteenth century - austere, Catholic, and nationalist - truly the "last great Frenchman." In this fully rounded portrait of one of the twentieth century's most outstanding statesmen, Charles Williams interprets the facts and the motive of his subject with the insights of the distinguished politician he is himself
Adenauer : the father of the new Germany by Charles Williams( Book )

21 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and German and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This authoritative portrait captures the complex man who, as West Germany's first chancellor, brought the land of the Rhine out of the devastation wrought by wartime defeat to amazing prosperity and acceptance on the world scene. Difficult yet determined, Adenauer not only instilled his homeland with both economic prosperity and democratic principles, but also succeeded in defusing the tensions between France and Germany that had dominated much of their recent history, paving the way for the Treaty of Rome and the establishment of the European Economic Community."--Jacket
Pétain : how the hero of France became a convicted traitor and changed the course of history by Charles Williams( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Distinguished biographer Charles Williams sets the record straight on one of the most controversial figures to emerge during World War II. This is the true story of Petain--an orphan peasant boy who became Commander in Chief of the French Army and a hero of the First World War, but fell from grace when he collaborated with Nazi occupiers. In revealing the motivations and determining factors behind Petain's decisions, one of the most complex and tumultuous periods in French history is expertly unraveled. Packed with rich battle scenes and dramatic prose, Williams delivers a startling portrait of a controversial figure who wound up on the wrong side of French history
Harold Macmillan by Charles Williams( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A masterly biography of a great Conservative Prime Minister (and publisher) - Harold Macmillan (1894-1986)
Bradman, an Australian hero by Charles Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pétain by Charles Williams( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Williams' reassessment of Petain tells the story of a peasant who became a Marshal of France and head of the Vichy state." "Born in Cauchy-a-la-Tour in the Department of Pas-de-Calais in 1856, Petain escaped his lowly background by joining the military academy at St-Cyr in 1876. His military career progressed unremarkably, and he was on the verge of retirement when the First World War broke out and transformed his life. By June 1915 Petain was the head of the French Second Army, and then earned the title the 'Victor of Verdun' for his defence of that strategically vital city in 1916. Promoted to Marshal - France's highest military rank - in 1918, he had become a national hero - at least for the time being." "In June 1940, following the German invasion, Petain was appointed Prime Minister. But his reluctance to oversee further carnage and what he perceived (and he was not alone in this) as the inevitability of a British defeat led him immediately to seek an armistice, which the Germans signed on 22 June. In July the Third Republic was put in cold storage, Petain appointed Head of State and the Vichy regime born. Pressed into a political role, the ageing soldier jockeyed uncomfortably between Nazis, Allies and Vichy politicians until the end of the war. In 1945 he returned of his own volition to France to be tried for treason. The death sentence he received was commuted by General de Gaulle. Petain was imprisoned on the Ile d'Yeu, off the Brittany coast. He died there in 1951, aged ninety-six."--Jacket
An investment bank for the UK by Dennis Turner( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last great Frenchman : a life of Charles de Gaulle by Charles Williams( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and held by 76 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gentlemen & players : the death of amateurism in cricket by Charles Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles de Gaulle : ostatni wielki Francuz by Charles Williams( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in Polish and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bradman an Australian hero by Charles Williams( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

T̀his is a story about Australia as well as a great Australian'. So begins Charles Williams' masterly biography of Sir Donald Bradman, indisputably the greatest batsman in the history of cricket. But nobody has written the story of his life as an Australian, and this book is unique in putting Bradman's cricketing achievements into the context of an Australia feeling her way towards something that the world would recognise as ǹationhood'
Adenauer : otec nového Německa by Charles Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in Czech and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last great Frenchman a life of General de Gaulle by Charles Williams( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A member of the British House of Lords portrays the wily, dictatorial twentieth-century leader as personally identified with his country and determined to maintain France as a world power. After the World War II surrender to the Nazis, de Gaulle formed the Free French, ensuring France a place at the victory table. Later as president, he resisted union with other European states and sought nuclear capability
Mi te lang zhuan by Denis MacShane( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Chinese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Wheels of power an Ebonyrider special edition( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Combines models with motorcycle drag racing and wheelie tricks
Adenauėr : otets novoĭ Germanii by Charles Williams( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Russian and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Dai gao le zhuan by Charles Williams( )

1 edition published in 1997 in Chinese and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last great Frenchman the life of General de Gaulle by Charles Williams( Recording )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A member of the British House of Lords portrays the wily, dictatorial twentieth-century leader as personally identified with his country and determined to maintain France as a world power. After World War II surrender to the Nazis, de Gaulle formed the Free French, ensuring France a place at the victory table. Later as president, he resisted union with other European states and sought nuclear capability
 
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The last great Frenchman : a life of Charles de Gaulle
Alternative Names
Charles Williams

Charles Williams, Baron Williams of Elvel britischer Manager und Peer

Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams 1933- Lord Williams of

Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams, Lord Williams of, 1933-

Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams of 1933-

Williams, Charles

Williams, Charles Cuthbert Powell 1933-

Williams of Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell 1933-

Williams of Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams 1933- Lord

Williams of Elvel, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams, Lord, 1933-

Уильямс, Чарлз 1933-

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Adenauer : the father of the new GermanyPétain : how the hero of France became a convicted traitor and changed the course of historyHarold MacmillanBradman, an Australian heroPétainThe last great Frenchman : a life of Charles de Gaulle