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The French Art of War

Alexis Jenni Frank Wynne

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Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897534

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Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9780857897558

It was the beginning of the Gulf War. I watched it on TV and did little else. I was doing badly, you see. Everything was going wrong. I just awaited the end. But then I met Victorien Salagnon, a veteran of the great colonial wars of Indochina, Vietnam and Algeria, a commander who had led his soldiers across the globe, a man with the blood of others up to his elbows. He said he would teach me to paint; he must have been the only painter in the French Forces, but out there no one cares about such things. I cared, though. In return, he wanted me to write his life story. And so he talked, and I wrote, and through him I witnessed the rivers of blood that cut channels through France, I saw the deaths that were as numberless as they were senseless and I began finally to understand the French art of war.

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A masterpieceFrédéric Beigbeder
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A masterpiece
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Complex and profound... An adventure novel stuffed with people and stories
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