Even after fifty years, and in spite of the reams of documents now available,it remains difficult-especially in France-to form an objective view of what things were like in the period between the wars and in 1940.The greater, the swifter, the more unexpected the disaster, the less people are willing to deal with it squarely. Once a certain threshold of suffering,shame, and humiliation is reached, actual facts become unimportant,analyses become bothersome. History falls prey to myth and rumor.People refuse to hear any more, but they still need someone to blame. In France, the strangest of bedfellows have come to speak about it in one voice, and the good people have remained mute.
Foreword /Stanley Hoffmann -- Preface to the English Edition /Jean Daladier -- June 1940: The Departure for Morocco -- 1940 -- 1941 -- 1942 -- 1943 -- 1944 -- 1945 -- Appendix A: France's Principal Modern Weaponry -- Appendix B: The Riom Trial -- Appendix C: Biographical Time line -- About the Book -- Name Index.