Ma bataille d'Alger
Author: Morgan Ted
Né d’une mère américaine et d’un père français, Ted Morgan (Sanche de Gramont), appelé à 23 ans dans l’armée, livre un témoignage capital sur la guerre dans le bled et la terrible bataille qui s’est déroulée à Alger en 1956-1957 entre les parachutistes et le FLN. Déjà journaliste au moment de son incorporation et n’éprouvant de sympathie pour aucun des deux camps, il réalise ici un reportage de guerre « à l’américaine » avec une crudité et une franchise inhabituelles sous des plumes françaises. Il raconte par exemple sans biaiser comment, pris dans un climat de violence infernale, il a fini par tuer de ses propres mains un fellagha et comment, envoyé par Massu pour travailler à la rédaction d’un périodique de propagande de l’armée, il assiste aux épisodes les moins reluisants de la lutte contre les «rebelles». Admirablement placé par ses fonctions et par son grade, il sait ou voit à peu près tout de ce qui est caché aux autorités civiles et au commun des appelés en Algérie. Il apprend très vite que le pain quotidien du terrorisme urbain – comme celui de son frère jumeau, le contre-terrorisme –, c’est le mensonge, le double jeu, la trahison, la torture, la manipulation. Au-delà des faits qu’il révèle, c’est toute une atmosphère qu’il restitue. Cette guerre qui n’était pas la sienne le marquera à jamais. La lecture de ce livre constitue pour un Français d’aujourd’hui un véritable choc. Traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Alfred de Montesquiou, grand reporter pour le magazine Paris Match et lauréat du prix Albert Londres 2012 pour ses reportages sur la révolution en Libye. Préface de Serge Berstein.
My Battle of Algiers
Author: Ted Morgan
Publisher: Harper Collins
In My Battle of Algiers, eminent historian and biographer Ted Morgan recounts his experiences in the savage Algerian War. In 1956, Morgan was drafted into the French Army and was sent thousands of miles overseas to help quell the Algerian uprising. Once there, he witnessed—and became involved in—unimaginable barbarism that would haunt him for the rest of his life.
La bataille d'Alger
Author: Jean Delmas
"Chasse à l'homme!", titre l'Echo d'Alger le 25 décembre 1956. En cette fin d'année, le FLN lance une série d'attentats sanglants dans la capitale algérienne. Le 24, deux personnes sont tuées dans un bar, le 29, le maire de Boufarik, Amédée Froger, l'un des élus les plus actifs des Français d'Algérie, tombe sous les balles alors qu'il venait de prendre le volant de sa voiture. La bataille d'Alger commence avant que l'armée ne se voit confier la mission de rétablir l'ordre, en février 2007... Pendant neuf mois, la ville blanche va vivre au rythme des contrôles, des fouilles, des arrestations, des interrogatoires musclés, voire des tortures et des exécutions sommaires. Cette bataille d'Alger, racontée par Jean Delmas qui en fut témoin en tant que capitaine du Génie, fait entrer la guerre d'Algérie dans une phase critique provoquant un fossé irrémédiable entre les deux communautés et une crise au sein de l'armée. Quant à l'opinion publique, elle se divise sur la prolongation d'une guerre où la terreur répond à la terreur...
The Mark of the Angel
Author: Nancy Huston
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus
This is the story of the love affair between Saffie, a silent young German woman who is first maid and then wife to a famous flautist, and Andras, the Jewish flute-mender to whose little atelier she takes her husband's flute to be mended.
Torture and Democracy
Author: Darius M. Rejali
Publisher: Princeton University Press
This is the most comprehensive, and most comprehensively chilling, study of modern torture yet written. Darius Rejali, one of the world's leading experts on torture, takes the reader from the late nineteenth century to the aftermath of Abu Ghraib, from slavery and the electric chair to electrotorture in American inner cities, and from French and British colonial prison cells and the Spanish-American War to the fields of Vietnam, the wars of the Middle East, and the new democracies of Latin America and Europe. As Rejali traces the development and application of one torture technique after another in these settings, he reaches startling conclusions. As the twentieth century progressed, he argues, democracies not only tortured, but set the international pace for torture. Dictatorships may have tortured more, and more indiscriminately, but the United States, Britain, and France pioneered and exported techniques that have become the lingua franca of modern torture: methods that leave no marks. Under the watchful eyes of reporters and human rights activists, low-level authorities in the world's oldest democracies were the first to learn that to scar a victim was to advertise iniquity and invite scandal. Long before the CIA even existed, police and soldiers turned instead to "clean" techniques, such as torture by electricity, ice, water, noise, drugs, and stress positions. As democracy and human rights spread after World War II, so too did these methods. Rejali makes this troubling case in fluid, arresting prose and on the basis of unprecedented research--conducted in multiple languages and on several continents--begun years before most of us had ever heard of Osama bin Laden or Abu Ghraib. The author of a major study of Iranian torture, Rejali also tackles the controversial question of whether torture really works, answering the new apologists for torture point by point. A brave and disturbing book, this is the benchmark against which all future studies of modern torture will be measured.
Describes the history of unconventional and nontraditional warfare from the nomads used by Alexander the Great to the shadowy modern battlefields of the post-9/11 era and featuring a diverse cast of historical tacticians and revolutionaries from Mao Zedong to Edward Lansdale.
The History of Terrorism
Author: Gérard Chaliand, Arnaud Blin
Publisher: Univ of California Press
First published in English in 2007 under title: The history of terrorism: from antiquity to al Qaeda.
Genealogies of Terrorism
Author: Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
What is terrorism? What ought we to do about it? And why is it wrong? We think we have clear answers to these questions. But acts of violence, like U.S. drone strikes that indiscriminately kill civilians, and mass shootings that become terrorist attacks when suspects are identified as Muslim, suggest that definitions of terrorism are always contested. In Genealogies of Terrorism, Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson rejects attempts to define what terrorism is in favor of a historico-philosophical investigation into the conditions under which uses of this contested term become meaningful. The result is a powerful critique of the power relations that shape how we understand and theorize political violence. Tracing discourses and practices of terrorism from the French Revolution to late imperial Russia, colonized Algeria, and the post-9/11 United States, Erlenbusch-Anderson examines what we do when we name something terrorism. She offers an important corrective to attempts to develop universal definitions that assure semantic consistency and provide normative certainty, showing that terrorism means many different things and serves a wide range of political purposes. In the tradition of Michel Foucault’s genealogies, Erlenbusch-Anderson excavates the history of conceptual and practical uses of terrorism and maps the historically contingent political and material conditions that shape their emergence. She analyzes the power relations that make different modes of understanding terrorism possible and reveals their complicity in justifying the exercise of sovereign power in the name of defending the nation, class, or humanity against the terrorist enemy. Offering an engaged critique of terrorism and the mechanisms of social and political exclusion that it enables, Genealogies of Terrorism is an empirically grounded and philosophically rigorous critical history with important political implications.
"Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling" is an introductory textbook which provides a solid overview of the world of subtitling. Based on sound research and first-hand experience in the field, the book focuses on generally accepted practice but identifies current points of contention, takes regional and medium-bound variants into consideration, and traces new developments that may have an influence on the evolution of the profession. The individual chapters cover the rules of good subtitling practice, the linguistic and semiotic dimensions of subtitling, the professional environment, technical considerations, and key concepts and conventions, providing access to the core skills and knowledge needed to subtitle for television, cinema and DVD. Also included are graded exercises covering core skills. "Audiovisual Translation: Subtitling" can be used by teachers and students as a coursebook for the classroom or for self-learning.It is also aimed at translators and other language professionals wishing to expand their sphere of activity. While the working language of the book is English, an accompanying DVD contains sample film material in Dutch, English, French, Italian and Spanish, as well as a range of dialogue lists and a key to some of the exercises. The DVD also includes WinCAPS, SysMedia's professional subtitling preparation software package, used for broadcast television around the world and for many of the latest multinational DVD releases of major Hollywood projects.
Rearming the French
Author: Marcel Vigneras
In October 1942 Maj. Gen. Mark W. Clark, representing the U.S. Army, and Brig. Gen. Charles Mast, spokesman for General Henri Giraud, met secretly in Cherchel, seventy-five miles west of Algiers. The subject of their conversations was a momentous one-the imminent re-entry of French North Africa into the war. General Clark, acting on instructions from President Roosevelt, gave positive assurances to General Mast that the United States would furnish the equipment necessary to outfit the North African forces. Clark's commitment was timely, for Anglo-American forces were about to land in northwest Africa. More important, it heralded an event of great significance: the forthcoming assumption, by the United States, of direct responsibility for reequipping the French armed forces. The British had been discharging this responsibility by maintaining the small band of Frenchmen stubbornly fighting on their side and under their control since mid-1940. Before World War II had ended, the Americans had fully equipped and trained eight French divisions in North Africa, partially outfitted and trained three more in France, furnished equipment for nineteen air squadrons, and carried out an extensive rehabilitation program for the French Navy. They had supplied some 1,400 aircraft, 160,000 rifles and carbines, 30,000 machine guns, 3,000 artillery guns, 5,000 tanks and These instructions were relayed in Msg R-2080, Gen George C. Marshall to Lt Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower, 17 Oct 42, CM-OUT 5682. (See Bibliographical Note.) "Clark . . . should state . . . the U.S. will furnish equipment for French Forces which will operate against the Axis." self-propelled weapons, and 51,000,000 rounds of ammunition. An occurrence of historic import was thus re-enacted in reverse. Twice France had similarly undertaken to assist an unprepared America at war. In 1781, in addition to sending an expeditionary corps to help the young colonies in their fight for independence, France supplied weapons and materiel to the infant Continental Army. Much later, in World War I. France, herself at war with Germany, again provided materiel to the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) sent to the European continent. In that second episode, the nature and extent of the help rendered were vastly different from what they were to be in World War II. Yet the parallel is striking enough to warrant, for the sake of historical comparison, a brief account of the aid extended by the French to the American forces in 1917-18."
Author: M-Ali Haroun
Author: André Malraux
Set in Shanghai in 1927, this historical novel dramatizes the incipient stages of the Chinese Revolution and the driving forces behind the men who led it
This book traces the intellectual life of the Kingdom of Italy, the area in which humanism began in the mid thirteenth century, a century or more before exerting its influence on the rest of Europe. Covering a period of over four and a half centuries, this study offers the first integrated analysis of Latin writings produced in the area, examining not only religious, literary, and legal texts. Ronald G. Witt characterizes the changes reflected in these Latin writings as products of the interaction of thought with economic, political, and religious tendencies in Italian society as well as with intellectual influences coming from abroad. His research ultimately traces the early emergence of humanism in northern Italy in the mid thirteenth century to the precocious development of a lay intelligentsia in the region, whose participation in the culture of Latin writing fostered the beginnings of the intellectual movement which would eventually revolutionize all of Europe.
Cet ouvrage présente les témoignages d'officiers issus de la résistance , en majorité communistes, qui ont été impliqués dans les guerres d'Algérie et d'Indochine entre 1946 et 1962. Dans un environnement hostile, leur action quotidienne, tenace, courageuse contre les exactions, pour le respect de la légalité républicaine, a contribué à sauver l'honneur de nos armes et l'amitié avec les peuples alors colonisés.