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The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus

The Affair The Case of Alfred Dreyfus On an autumn morning in Captain Alfred Dreyfus appeared for a routine inspection but found himself summarily accused of high treason Here he began a twelve year ordeal that included imprisonment

  • Title: The Affair: The Case of Alfred Dreyfus
  • Author: Jean-Denis Bredin
  • ISBN: 9780807611753
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • On an autumn morning in 1894, Captain Alfred Dreyfus appeared for a routine inspection but found himself summarily accused of high treason Here he began a twelve year ordeal that included imprisonment on Devil s Island, trial, and long delayed pardon This book is an account of the Dreyfus Affair, the scandal that rocked 19th century France.

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    1. This is a huge book so as you can imagine it goes into every aspect of the famous case of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, one of the most celebrated events of the late 19th century. It would appear that this type of detail would begin to get a bit boring since the author covers every memorandum, letter, verifiable conversation and the trial itself but his research is impeccable and he keeps it interesting. I could almost guarantee that the reader who is familiar with the Dreyfus scandal will find out ev [...]

    2. While reading Proust's classic novel, In Search of Lost Time, I was impressed with the importance and pervasive nature of the Dreyfus Affair. While Proust abstained from politics most of his life, he made an exception of the Dreyfus Affair, when he actively took up the defense of Captain Dreyfus. Traces of this appear throughout his masterpiece. In a letter to his friend Mme Geneviève Strauss (née Halévy), daughter of the composer Jacques Fromental Halévy, widow of Georges Bizet, model for t [...]

    3. I am no longer currently reading this. I've wanted to know more about the Dreyfus trial for years. It keeps coming up in my reading about other people of that era. One would be Dreyfusard, another against. I knew the general story but not the details. It turns out that this book has far more details that I could deal with. Me, the Francophile, I was dismayed to discover how much anti-Semitism there had been in France and how virulent it was. It is said to be the best book on the subject, and I d [...]

    4. This is the best book I've read on the Dreyfus Affair so far. Bredin does an excellent job keeping track of the numerous forged documents, the complex case against Dreyfus and the ways that the press and politics eventually brought about Dreyfus's exoneration. Mehlman has translated this from French. It is extremely readable and the footnotes and endnotes were a huge help in tracking down primary documents for the Dreyfus collection at Penn.

    5. Very comprehensive account of the Affair. Bredin consulted a lot of sources, which was great. However, the author(a Frenchman) has an annoying habit of occasionally interrupting the historical narrative and waxing poetic about how great it was that France managed to absolve Dreyfus in the end, but informative overall.

    6. Incredible story, and highly readable book. Dreyfus, a captain in the French Army, was unjustly convicted of being a spy almost solely because he was a Jew. He was then imprisoned for years on Devil's Island, despite members of the French government and military being fully aware of his innocence, eventually resulting in a scandal as significant as modern-day Watergate.

    7. My failure to finish this was not an indictment of the book. Rather, I found the subject so grindingly depressing that I could not bear to "watch" a cabal of individuals and a government too proud to admit its egregious mistake pervert justice simply to save face. Well worth the read, but a bit of emotional preparation might be necessary before you take it up.

    8. After reading enough European history that referred to "The Dreyfus Affair", I had to read about it. Jewish officer accused of treason because the French bungled their military affairs and then needed a scape goat. It was good to finally get the whole scope on "The Affair" but it was a pretty tedious read.

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