The Centurions

The Centurions

Book - 2015
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"As a POW in a notorious Indochina prison camp, French Lt. Col. Pierre Raspéguy studies the political and military strategies of his captors, the Viet Minh. After his release, Raspéguy finds himself estranged from an unsympathetic public at home and joins a paratrooper unit in Algeria. Again facing an enemy free to fight without rules, he begins to use his newly learned guerrilla tactics--tactics out of step with the ideals of just war."--Back cover.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780143107446
Branch Call Number: LARTEGUY J
Characteristics: xiv, 519 pages ; 20 cm


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Jan 06, 2017

This book is the basis for the movie The Lost Command starring Anthony Quinn. I read it 10 years ago and it had been out of print for decades. I checked it out of the Bridgeport CT public library. It was so out of print it wasn't even in the stacks...they had to go into a back room. Anyways with all the controversy over interrogation methods it is still relevant and delves into issues concerning the end of French colonialism. It was actually banned in France for a long time. Great book..


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