In May 1940, the course of history hung in the balance for five long days while Churchill's War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or continue opposition. In this compelling narrative, scholar and renowned author John Lukacs draws on memoirs and papers to convey the drama of those troubled times. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, regarded by many to be hotheaded, has only been in office for a fortnight when a quarter of a million British solders become trapped by the Germans at Dunkirk. With the public ill-informed and the Cabinet divided on what action to take, Churchill fights an uphill battle to gain both political and popular support. As the events unfold hour by hour, Churchill struggles to rally the citizenry and persuade the politicians to stand fast. John Lukacs' literary style and aelred Rosser's compelling interpretation transport you to London to listen in on the high level talks at 10 Downing Street and observe the mood of the people in the street.
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"May, 1940. Belgium is surrendering. The British and French armies are collapsing into Dunkirk. Some in France talk of capitulation. Can Britain go it alone against a unified Europe under Hitler? Churchill feels she must. Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax says she can't. While the world is unaware, the British War Cabinet's decisions in the next five days will shape events for the next fifty years. Lukacs's tense drama is made all the more compelling by Aelred Rosser's reasoned tone and detailed narration. Though a most scholarly argument, Rosser presents it to us with the interest and immediacy of a member of the family, a well-informed brother, who has us waiting on the edge of our seats for the latest news out of London. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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