There are others who may be able to write as accurately and as interestingly concerning events which led up to the World War and the war itself, but there is no Frenchman, save Clemenceau, who can write with so much authority concerning the Peace Treaty, signed at Versailles, June 28, 1919, as André Tardieu.
M. Tardieu gets nothing second-hand. He was a participant in the events of which he writes. As a member of the Chamber of Deputies, he knew the currents of French political life, and he can write understandingly of the causes leading up to the great conflict. As an officer in the French Army, he can speak authoritatively of that glorious page in history of which he was a part.
This training served him well when he was called to assume a foremost rôle in the making of the peace. No man worked with more tireless energy, and none had a better grasp of the delicate and complex problems brought before the Congress. He was not only invaluable to France, but to his associates from other countries as well. He was in all truth the one nearly indispensable man at the Conference.
Therefore, if one would know of those fateful days in Paris when the Allies of France had gathered from the ends of the earth to have their reckoning with the Central Powers, it would be well to read The Truth about the Treaty, for here it is told by him who knows.
EDWARD M. HOUSE.
New York, March 3, 1921.
FOREWARD (EDWARD M. HOUSE) INTRODUCTION (GEORGES CLEMENCEAU) I GERMAN AGGRESSION II THE WAR AND THE ARMISTICE III THE PEACE CONFERENCE IV THE DISARMAMENT OF GERMANY V THE LEFT BANK OF THE RHINE VI TREATIES OF GUARANTEE VII ALSACE AND LORRAINE VIII THE SARRE BASIN IX WHAT GERMANY MUST PAY X HOW THE ALLIES WILL BE PAID XI GERMAN UNITY XII RECONSTRUCTION AND THE FUTURE OF FRANCE XIII HOW THE PEACE IS BEING ENFORCED XIV FRANCE, GREAT BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES