Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

by Joshua Levine


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New York Times Bestseller

The epic true story of Dunkirk—now a major motion picture, written and directed by Christopher Nolan, and starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, and Mark Rylance

In 1940, the Allies had been beaten back by the Nazis across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, Joshua Levine, the film's official historian, explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062740304
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 438,054
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Joshua Levine has written six bestselling histories including titles in the hugely popular 'Forgotten Voices' series. ‘Beauty and Atrocity’, his account of the Irish Troubles, was nominated for the Writers' Guild Book of the Year award. ‘On a Wing and a Prayer’, his history of the pilots of the First World War, has been turned into a major British television documentary. He has written and presented a number of programmes for BBC Radio 4. In a previous life, he was a criminal barrister. He lives in London.

Customer Reviews

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And incredible tale of plucky courage of the British. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book about this historic retreat! Would highly recommend! I purposely read this book before going to see the movie!
MediaRaven More than 1 year ago
Joshua Levine's 'Dunkirk' is far more than a movie tie in. I decided to read his book before seeing the film version directed by Christopher Nolan, and I am glad I did. This book provides far more background information that the movie could possibly cover. Levine starts with a Question & Answer session with Nolan about the film. Then he provides a quick overview of how Dunkirk has been viewed in the UK, and some history of the between-the-wars years. Levine's book also covers some of the history that resulted in the 'Dunkirk Miracle'. Although the book cannot provide the visual spectacle of a feature-length film, it does includes a tremendous amount of eyewitness accounts and verified historical events that occurred before and during the 'Dunkirk' event. I liked how the author cited sources for his information too, such as someone's diary or an interview with a survivor. Overall I highly recommend this book version of Dunkirk.