A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962

By Alistair Horne
Read by James Adams

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The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and repressive torture. Nearly half a century has passed since this savagely fought war ended in Algeria’s independence, and yet its repercussions continue to be felt not only in Algeria and France but throughout the world. Indeed, from today’s vantage point the Algerian War looks like a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that now ravages the Middle East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles in which questions of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism take on a new and increasingly lethal intensity. A Savage War of Peace is the definitive history of the Algerian War, a book that brings that terrible and complicated struggle to life with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is essential reading for our own violent times as well as a lasting monument to the historian’s art.

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The Algerian War lasted from 1954 to 1962. It brought down six French governments, led to the collapse of the Fourth Republic, returned de Gaulle to power, and came close to provoking a civil war on French soil. More than a million Muslim Algerians died in the conflict, and as many European settlers were driven into exile. Above all, the war was marked by an unholy marriage of revolutionary terror and repressive torture.

Nearly half a century has passed since this savagely fought war ended in Algeria’s independence, and yet its repercussions continue to be felt not only in Algeria and France but throughout the world. Indeed, from today’s vantage point the Algerian War looks like a full-dress rehearsal for the sort of amorphous struggle that convulsed the Balkans in the 1990s and that now ravages the Middle East, from Beirut to Baghdad—struggles in which questions of religion, nationalism, imperialism, and terrorism take on a new and increasingly lethal intensity.

A Savage War of Peace is the definitive history of the Algerian War, a book that brings that terrible and complicated struggle to life with intelligence, assurance, and unflagging momentum. It is essential reading for our own violent times as well as a lasting monument to the historian’s art.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[This] universally acclaimed history...should have been mandatory reading for the civilian and military leaders who opted to invade Iraq.” Washington Times
“This thirty-year-old history, written before the Iranian revolution, the Algerian civil war, and Al Qaeda, captures a contingent moment in the conflict between the West and the Arab world, when present-day dogmas were hardly imagined by most. It provides a much needed reminder that modern history is not made by the ‘clash of civilizations’ but by people.” Harper's
“‘Algeria’ has become almost a codeword among US counterinsurgency specialists—a shorthand for the depth and complexity of the mess we face in Iraq…anyone interested in Iraq should read this book immediately.” Washington Post Book World
“Compelling reading, filled with intimate detail about characters and situations that have served as inspiration for a dozen novels, from The Day of the Jackal on.” Los Angeles Times
“James Adams reads this detailed history of Algeria’s fierce war of independence from France as if he’d written it. His strong, almost stern tone; good pacing; and vigorous, nuanced voice help draw one through the complex story…[A] strong, listenable presentation of a compelling history that has much to say about the present.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Alistair Horne

Alistair Horne is the author of eighteen books. He is a fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. In 1993 Horne was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur and in 2003 received a knighthood for his work on the history of France.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 29.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English