Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941

Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941

by Ian Kershaw
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Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
British historian Ian Kershaw uses his talents and reputation to great effect in 'Fateful Choices,' in which he examines ten key decisions made by the major world leaders between May of 1940 (Churchill and his War Cabinet decide to fight on) and December of 1941 (Hitler decides to wipe out Europe's Jews). These decisions affected the course of World War II, and the world we live in today. Kershaw painstakingly examined archives and libraries worldwide to get into the choices made by the leaders of Britain, Germany, Japan, Italy, the Soviet Union, and the United States. By presenting them as these leaders would have viewed it, Kershaw focused the reader on what was apparent from the particular leaders in the particular time, rather than on what other leaders were thinking or on 'what if' speculating. This is a volume that deserves reading by anyone interested in the history of the 20th Century, including World War II. This was my first experience with Kershaw's work, but it won't be the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm always on the lookout for  new perspective on subjects as extensively researched and discussed as WWII. Kershaw provides it. And creates a compelling and dramatic narrative in the process. It's fascinating to think how many world-changing choices were made in so short a span.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago