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Who Wrote the Memoirs of Jean Monnet?

An Intimate Account of an Historic Collaboration

Clifford P. Hackett

Who Wrote the Memoirs of Jean Monnet? presents the only account of the thirty years spent by Jean Monnet, the "Father of Europe," creating his memoirs. Based on numerous interviews with Monnet’s collaborator, Francois Fontaine, and many others, the book reveals the concepts, delays, frustrations, and successes of an historic collaboration. This significant contribution provides a fresh viewpoint into both European Union history and biographical writing.

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Part I: Introduction and Acknowledgments


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Part I

Introduction and Acknowledgments

The story of the creation of Jean Monnet’s memoirs is long, complicated and remains incomplete. The following account is the product of many years of research and yet is ultimately lacking a full sense of Monnet’s own view of the enterprise. Even in this partial account, much insight into his thoughts and goals emerges. The struggle he endured over the last thirty years of his long life to express the meaning of his work and his life is clearer now than when the Memoires were published in 1976. The credit for this improved understanding belongs to his many friends and supporters who helped bring forth the story of his life. I hope this review adds to that understanding.

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