An Intimate Account of an Historic Collaboration
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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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2016. VIII, 117 pp.
- About the author(s)/editor(s)
- About the book
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- Table of Contents
- Part I: Introduction and Acknowledgments
- Part II: The Memoirs in Monnet’s Life
- Part III: Origins of the Memoirs: Four Views
- Part IV: Preparing the Way
- Part V: Watching the Process
- Part VI: Monnet’s Thoughts with the Memoirs Underway
- Part VII: The Collaboration: Reflections of Francois Fontaine
- Part VIII: Chronology
- Part IX: Some Interesting Details
- Henri W. Rieben TM 438
- Jacques Van Helmont
- Eric Westphal
- Jean Baptiste Duroselle TM 189–94
- Pierre Gerbet
- Andre Kaspi
- Nicole Pietri
- Georges Berthoin
- Francois Duchene
- Pascal Fontaine TM 225–227
- Beverly Gordey
- Margot Lyon Mayne
- Richard Mayne
- Therese de Sainte Phalle
- Francois Fontaine
- Part X: Postscript
- Part XI: Sources and Abbreviations
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Sources and Abbreviations
This account of the Monnet memoirs relies on public sources, the extensive and invaluable Monnet archives in FJM Lausanne and on the cited interviews. It does not cover, except indirectly and incompletely, other details of his whole life. For more information on his childhood in Cognac, his role in the family’s cognac firm, his worldwide activities in investment banking, his public service during and after two world wars, and his years in ACUSE, see the works below.
(Frequently cited individuals in the text are referred to by initials only after first use of whole name.)
Note: “Memoires” refers throughout to the final published versions while “memoir(s)” refers to the concepts and drafts the project underwent over many years.
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