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A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962

Alistair Horne

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Although war was never formally declared, the Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It caused six French governments to fall, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, brought De Gaulle back to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. 


"A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962" by Alistair Horne is a masterfully written and deeply insightful account of one of the most complex and significant conflicts of the 20th century—the Algerian War of Independence. Alistair Horne, a distinguished historian and biographer, meticulously explores the multifaceted aspects of this brutal and protracted conflict, shedding light on the political, social, and human dimensions that shaped Algeria's struggle for freedom from French colonial rule. Horne's narrative begins by vividly portraying the historical context that led to the eruption of the Algerian War in 1954. With a keen eye for detail, he delves into the underlying causes, the simmering tensions between the Algerian nationalists and the French colonial authorities, and the profound impact of the war on both sides. Through extensive research and firsthand accounts, Horne presents a balanced and comprehensive examination of the events that unfolded during this turbulent period.