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Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord

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In 1940, the nation rallied behind Winston Churchill in an extraordinary fashion but thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army and what they were capable of delivering. Himself a hero, he expected others to show themselves heroes also, and was often disappointed. It is little understood how low his popularity fell in 1942, amid an unbroken succession of battlefield defeats. Some of his closest colleagues joined a clamour for him to abandon his role directing the war machine. Hastings paints a wonderfully vivid image of the Prime Minister in triumph and tragedy. He describes the 'second Dunkirk' in 1940, when Churchill's impulsiveness threatened to lose Britain almost as many troops in north-west France as had been saved from the beaches; his wooing of the Americans, and struggles with the Russians. By looking at Churchill from the outside in, through the eyes of British, Russian and American soldiers, civilians and newspapers, Hastings provides new perspectives on Churchill as a wartime leader. Illustrated with black & white photographs

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Author(s):
Hastings, Max
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0007263678
ISBN-13:
9780007263677
Number of pages:
664
Publisher:
HarperPress 2009

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In 1940, the nation rallied behind Winston Churchill in an extraordinary fashion but thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army and what they were capable of delivering. Himself a hero, he expected others to show themselves heroes also, and was often disappointed. It is little understood how low his popularity fell in 1942, amid an unbroken succession of battlefield defeats. Some of his closest colleagues joined a clamour for him to abandon his role directing the war machine. Hastings paints a wonderfully vivid image of the Prime Minister in triumph and tragedy. He describes the 'second Dunkirk' in 1940, when Churchill's impulsiveness threatened to lose Britain almost as many troops in north-west France as had been saved from the beaches; his wooing of the Americans, and struggles with the Russians. By looking at Churchill from the outside in, through the eyes of British, Russian and American soldiers, civilians and newspapers, Hastings provides new perspectives on Churchill as a wartime leader. Illustrated with black & white photographs

Author(s):
Hastings, Max
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0007263678
ISBN-13:
9780007263677
Number of pages:
664
Publisher:
HarperPress 2009

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