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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: December 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/18/2014

    " This book was so turgid, it was almost unreadable. Lukacs is a professor and an expert on World War II, and this is an account of the five-day period in which Hitler, in Lukacs's opinion, came as close to conquering England as he ever would. He has a deep knowledge of Churchill and his inner sanctum, who are the focus of the book. With such great knowledge and such a tantalizingly tight framework, then, why is so much ink devoted to backstory, footnotes, and media clippings from the time? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 1/17/2014

    " In praise of Winston Churchill ...and with merit. I enjoyed the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 1/14/2014

    " Very interesting read. A pageturner. Good description of how close England came to making peace with Hitler in May 1940, and how clueless the British public were in knowing the danger. The "five days" was a bit limiting in scope, but I suppose that's what helped make the book so dramatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 12/28/2013

    " Interesting but rather pedantic in tone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/15/2013

    " This little CD/book has caused me to want to know more about World War I and II. So I'm looking for a good history on both wars... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Edmonds | 12/14/2013

    " Twice read and enjoyed. Better than many novels "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Zubricky | 12/14/2013

    " Great little book about Churchill and how he saved Britain from compromising its national identity in may 1940 . A fast read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 11/28/2013

    " The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940, altered the course of the history of this century as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. The decisive importance of these five days of Lukacs's magisterial new book. illustrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 11/28/2013

    " This brief read is an exciting and convincing acout of a small subset of May 1940 as the most pivotal days of WW II and the author's 3rd book covering the subject "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius | 11/19/2013

    " A faboulous look at what goes on in the face of war. In particular this book discuss UK and Churchill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony Brown | 11/19/2013

    " John Lukacs knows his onions. This is an absorbing detailed account of a pivotal time at the beginning of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moureco | 8/28/2013

    " Os meus amigos oferecem-me livros aliciantes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 3/15/2011

    " A dramatic, detailed, day by day account of Churchill's early determination to fight Hitler against all odds, even against the judgment of his own cabinet. A meticulously detailed rendering of key personalities, their viewpoints, fears, and near missteps confronting the greatest evil of our time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Beatty | 3/9/2011

    " Really interesting for WWII buffs (which I am not). I enjoyed it. Interesting to hear a perspective on a perhaps unglorified turning point in history--the 5 days discussed here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 12/6/2010

    " This was awesome. Reads like a thriller, but real. I'm just learning the details of WWII, since we never did anything beyond the American Revolution in school, and it is intense. This is a slim book, but a super interesting one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindsay | 6/24/2010

    " 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 Djdee | 5/8/2010

    " I found this book fasinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/1/2010

    " A whole book about 5 days of political intrigue, and it's actually enjoyable. The author focuses on Churchill, Halifax, Chamberlain, and of course Herr Hitler. I'll be reading more from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 10/28/2009

    " Short and sweet. Loved it's narrow focus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 9/2/2009

    " In praise of Winston Churchill ...and with merit. I enjoyed the book. "

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About the Author
Author John Lukacs

John Lukacs was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, until his retirement and has been visiting professor at many universities. He is the author of twenty-one books, among them The Hitler of History, The Duel, The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and A Thread of Years. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards.