Ahmed Ben Bella: Portrait Of A Leader


Ahmed Ben Bella, one of the key figures in the Algerian Revolution, came from humble origins.  Yet he displayed an independent streak at an early age that gave indications of his future greatness in political and military affairs.  He was born in 1916 in Maghnia, Algeria.  In those days, all education was conducted in the French language, and Arabic was officially suppressed.

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Simon Murray: Legionnaire

I have recently finished reading Simon Murray’s memoir of his life in the French Foreign Legion, which is titled simply Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion.  First published in 1978, it was recently reissued in 2006 as a mass market paperback.

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