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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book without typos from the publisher Not indexed Not illustrated 1921 edition Excerpt I CLEMENCEAU Of the four heads of states M Clemenceau the president of the Peace Conference was in my judgment the dominant figure and the strongest man of the many strong men who participated in the negotiations at Paris Possibly his age which in no way impaired his keenness of wit or vigor of address his long and turbulent political career and the courage and firmness which he had shown during the perils of the German offensive in May June and July 1918 had much to do with the impression which he made upon me But without the background of accomplishment M Clemenceau possessed a strength of character and a forcefulness which would have raised him above his colleagues Persistent though patient he was always ready when the moment arrived to use all his skill and cleverness in debate to obtain a decision which would be in the interest of his country Every uestion was viewed by him in the light of how it would affect France He was supremely nationalistic and interpreted international adjustments into na tional terms To advance French interests was his dominant purpose When President Wilson arrived in France about the middle of December 1918 and was everywhere received with unparalleled enthusiasm by the people who believed him to be the apostle of human rights and the uncompromising champion of a just peace M Clemenceau doubtless witnessed the ovations accorded the President with a measure of uncertainty as to the man who was thus idolized and who so manifestly had the confidence of the French people Essentially practical he looked forward I imagine to the time when these first outbursts of enthusiasm would subside and the popular mind would become normal The shrewd old statesman familiar frorn long


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