A Taste for Intrigue
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Francois Mitterrand became the first Socialist President of France in 1981, holding power for 14 years - longer than any French ruler since Napoleon III. This deeply informed and eminently readable biography achieves the remarkable feat of getting under the skin of this elusive, Machiavellian politician. The result is a subtle portrait of a complex and deeply private man whose personal life was as full of smoke and mirrors as his political career, and who once staged his own assassination.