Winner of Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2006.
'If the biographer of de Gaulle is to tackle Petain he must be prepared to stand intellectually on his head, a feat demanding much mental agility as well as capacity to combine detachment with a fine understanding of human nature. Charles Williams has accepted the challenge and met it triumphantly' - THE SPECTATOR 'A magnificent biography' - LITERARY REVIEW 'A masterly book, a triumph of balance, sustained scholarship and readability' - INDEPENDENT
Charles Williams, Lord Williams of Elvel CBE, is a former banker and Labour party politician: He became a life peer in1985 and was elected Deputy Leader of the Opposition in 1989. He is now one of Britain's most distinguished biographers.