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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (305 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Lukacs Narrator: Geoffrey Howard Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the days between May 24th and 28th, 1940, the British War Cabinet held a historical debate over whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. In this magisterial work, John Lukacs demonstrates the decisive importance of those five days. Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill, who had only been prime minister for a fortnight, painfully considered his war responsibilities. We see how the military disasters taking place on the Continent - particularly the plight of the nearly 400,000 British soldiers bottled up in Dunkirk - affected Churchill's fragile political situation, and how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill's determination to stand fast. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lindsay | 2/14/2014

    " Found this book in a closet at work, it was so boring that I was convinced I was reading a prop book left by the last show........ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Djdee | 2/12/2014

    " I found this book fasinating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jessica | 2/8/2014

    " I love reading anything I come across about Winston Churchill, and this had some great insights into his role in this vital week. All in all, it was a tough to stay focused on all the minutae presented by the author, who is an expert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mo Johnston | 2/2/2014

    " This is a book for pragmatic optimists history curious folks. It is a little book, and it was a good and smart introduction (for me) to Winston Churchill. John Lukacs is a confident and enthusiastic historian (and his expertise on Hitler and Churchill is the real thing); while this book is specific to a time and place (Churchill has just become PM with no time to spare, the evacuation and fall of France, Their Finest Hour, etc), it paints a more general picture of the character, will, magnanimity and sheer grit of Churchill's political bravery. Politics can be/will be gruesome, and this is about the discussions within Churchill's own War Cabinet about whether or not England should consider (or even reach out) to Hitler indirectly in order to save themselves. I'm paraphrasing, but to this end: England and Churchill did not win the war, America and Russia did. But in 1940, Churchill did not lose it, choosing to go it alone rather than negotiate with Hitler or Mussolini, as some of his war cabinet would have him do. "

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