Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning

Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat: The Dire Warning

by John R. Lukacs
     
 

On 13 May 1940, Winston Churchill stood before the House of Parliament to deliver his first speech as prime minister. German troops were advancing across Europe; Neville Chamberlain’s government had fallen three days earlier. Churchill needed to prove himself an able leader, and he also needed to convince an unwilling nation to support his stand against

Overview


On 13 May 1940, Winston Churchill stood before the House of Parliament to deliver his first speech as prime minister. German troops were advancing across Europe; Neville Chamberlain’s government had fallen three days earlier. Churchill needed to prove himself an able leader, and he also needed to convince an unwilling nation to support his stand against Hitler.

In this taut meditation on a great leader under great pressure, Lukacs demonstrates that Churchill delivered his triumphant speech despite his own sense that England might soon fall to Hitler’s armies. A riveting portrait of leadership in its confrontation with radical evil, Lukacs’s book is essential reading for WWII buffs, Churchill aficionadi, and anyone interested in leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465018208
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.44(d)

Meet the Author


John Lukacs is the author of over twenty books on topics in European history, including Five Days in London: May 1940, The Hitler of History, Budapest 1900, and The Last European War. Currently professor of history emeritus as Chestnut Hill College, he has also taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Princeton University. He lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

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