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Churchill and the Battle of Britain (Days of Decision Series)
     

Churchill and the Battle of Britain (Days of Decision Series)

by Nicola Barber
 

How did Winston Churchill inspire Britain and its Empire in the dark days of 1940, when defeat in World War II seemed imminent, and how did that lead to victory in the Battle of Britain? What choices did he have, what support and advice did he receive, and how did his decisions affect history and his legacy? This book looks at a momentous event from World War II,

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How did Winston Churchill inspire Britain and its Empire in the dark days of 1940, when defeat in World War II seemed imminent, and how did that lead to victory in the Battle of Britain? What choices did he have, what support and advice did he receive, and how did his decisions affect history and his legacy? This book looks at a momentous event from World War II, showing how one of the world's most famous leaders chose to follow a particular course of action.

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Political leaders often face harsh criticism for their decisions during any kind of crisis, but most people are unaware of all the factors that must go into the decision. During the years leading up to the attempted Nazi invasion of Britain, Winston Churchill often sounded a voice of caution about the German government’s disregard for treaties that were signed in the aftermath of the First World War and about the ineffectual response of the countries whose borders were threatened by that disregard. Despite opposition from members of his own government, Mr. Churchill was able to convince the military leaders that building up the country’s air power was crucial to defending their island. He made an excruciating decision to destroy part of the French navy rather than allow the ships to be commandeered by the Germans, a decision that caused him anguish but that proved to be fortuitous. His leadership and oratory skill is now recognized as an important factor in Britain’s ability to withstand the assault from Hitler’s forces during what has become known as the Battle of Britain. Part of the “Days of Decision” series, this readable and well-researched volume would be a great addition to a classroom library or school library. There are numerous photographs throughout the book, a fairly comprehensive bibliography, a nice index, and a glossary. For middle school or high school readers, the title could be used in both history and political science classes. Very highly recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty; Ages 11 to 16.
School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—This series objectively examines some of the most important decisions of the last 100 years. The books open with a synopsis of the decision and then provide background that explains how the historical situation and each subject's personality, experiences, political circumstances, country's cultural background, and range of possible choices factored into his final choice. They close with analysis about the intended and unintended results of the decision and its positive and negative historical consequences. Brief biographies, photos, quotations, informational sidebars, and "What Do You Think?" critical-thinking prompts supplement the texts. While these topics have received wide extant coverage, this set's focus provides a fresh perspective that will help readers better understand the complexity that is always part of the political and international decision-making process. First purchases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432976415
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
07/01/2013
Series:
Days of Decision Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
683,147
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

As well as writing about lost cities, Nicola Barber has written books on the modern-day cities of Tokyo and Los Angeles. She has also written about many periods of history, from the Vikings to the Victorians. Nicola lives in North Wales.

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