If any modern democratic leader has believed in the "great man'' theory of history and acted self-consciously in accordance with it, it was surely de Gaulle. On both occasions when he came to power it was in his own right, as a ``providential figure'', not as the representative of a political or social movement. In office, his wielding of power was, by modern standards, remarkably personal; and his impact on France, and on Europe, was immense. He is a natural subject for Profiles in Power.
List of Maps. Preface. 1. 1940: The Assumption. 2. 1940-44: Symbol. 3. 1944-46: Liberator. 4. 1946-58: The Policies of Prophecy. 5. 1958: The Return. 6. 1958-62: Algeria and Beyond. 7. 1963-67: Sovereign. 8. 1968-69: The Reckoning. Conclusion. Bibliographical References. Chronology. Maps. Index.