This book contains a remarkably comprehensive summary of the major decisions of the Third French Republic; it considers those who made them and those who fought them. In historical and social terms it
discusses this stormy faction-ridden government, possessed with the concept of personal liberty, fearful of dictatorship, yet unable to muster sufficient governmental strength to implement its ideas. The fascinating
readings range from the proclamation of the Republic to the Dreyfus Affair, the Action Francaise, and the final "suicide" of the Republic on July 10, 1940.