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The Algerian War is in many ways a civil war, and as such it is certainly one of the longest in history. Journalist Behr's extended tenure as an on-the-spot observer of its development has given him the insight and information on which to base this penetrating analysis of the situation as it stands today. As he provides the ramifications to the headline news, the entire structure of Franco-Algerian relations takes shape, along with corollary material concerning Tunisia, Morocco, Saharan oil, and the international implications of the conflict. Behr, with commendable impartiality, discusses the frequently fierce, occasionally barbaric nature of the guerrilla war and the terrorist activity and activity, sordid whispers of which have more than once rocked the civilized world. He makes a number of revealing comments on France's general internal situation, particularly the alienation of the Army from the political realities of the nation. In doing so, he confirms other contemporary studies concerning this peculiar military problem, such as Jean Larteguy's The Centurions (1961, p. 1023). Behr devotes the core of the book to presenting the alternatives facing France and Algeria, and underscores the personalities --especially General de Gaulle -- who have been more closely involved in attempts to find a workable milieu for peace. Above all, he is hopeful that ""Despite all the of the last seven years, the basic cultural, economic and social links between France and Algeria may yet he preserved."" This is a solidly informative book for anyone who wishes to understand the Algerian problem.

Pub Date: Jan. 29th, 1962
Publisher: Norton