In the days between May 24 and 28, 1940, the British War Cabinet held a historic debate over whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. In this magisterial new book, John Lukacs demonstrates the decisive importance of these 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 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.
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"Over five crucial days in May 1940, the British, under the leadership of Winston Churchill, resolve to fight the Nazis, rather negotiate with Hitler. With a delightful British accent and a professional quality voice, Howard reads this fascinating book. Howard's pace is excellent, and he never falters with the many names of foreign individuals and places. Howard's reading also communicates the tension during those fateful days. Lukacs's text, which presents the background to and significance of those days, is sharply written. M.L.C. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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