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Glory at the age of 20

Thirty-three young people who have known immortal glory.

Alexander the Great who wanted to triumph over the four corners of the world, the Beatles who did just that, Blaise Pascal, scientific and literary genius, Charlie Chaplin and his signature tramp’s outfit which he wore like a second skin, Jesse Owens taking home all of the gold medals at the 1936 games, in front of a furious Hitler…

What do they have in common? They found glory, very young, before reaching 30. That sums it up: at an age when the average man starts his adult life, the personalities chosen by Jean François Deniau were already engraving their names in our history books. Exemplary, excessive or fleetingly famous, they all were profoundly sure of the raison d’être of their lives. It is a pleasure to make their acquaintance through this great storyteller, who paints a truly vivid picture of their luminary destiny.

Other personalities: Cleopatra, Aliénor d’Aquitaine, Joan of Arc, Vasco da Gama, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Louis II de Bourbon-Condé (known as Le Grand Condé), Madame de Pompadour, Goethe, Mozart, La Fayette, Bonaparte, Surcouf, Hugo, Berlioz, Rostand, Guynemer, Marlene Dietrich, Lindbergh, Mermoz, Josephine Baker, James Dean, Yuri Gagarin, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley, El Cordobés, Cassius Clay, Ellen MacArthur…

Finally, homage is paid to three Comrades of the Liberation, very discrete heroes of the Resistance, whose lives were cut short in the bloom of youth during the turbulent times of the Second World War.


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