Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain

Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain

by Tim Clayton, Philip R. Craig
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Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain by Tim Clayton, Philip R. Craig

Sixty years ago, Europe lay at the feet of Adolf Hitler. Standing between Hitler and world domination was the just-appointed Prime Minister Winston Churchill...and a few hundred pilots in the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command. Defeat seemed inevitable. Instead, a legend was born.

Taking its readers on a breathtaking journey from open lifeboats in North Atlantic gales to the cockpits of burning fighter planes, Finest Hour re-creates the tensions and uncertainties of the events of 1940 -- months when the fate of the world truly hung in the balance. It is a powerful account, told through the voices, diaries, letters, and memoirs of the men and women who lived and loved, fought and died, during that terrible yet ultimately triumphant year. The personal stories of these soldiers and airmen, diplomats and politicians, journalists and spies, are combined with a fresh and often controversial account of the swirling political intrigues and betrayals of the period.

A testament to a year when a nation's darkest hour became its finest, Finest Hour is a singular achievement and an indispensable contribution to the literature of World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684869315
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/05/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 0.85(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

About the Author

The late Philip R. Craig was the author of nineteen novels in the Martha's Vineyard Mystery series. A professor emeritus of English at Wheelock College in Boston, he loved the Vineyard and lived there year-round with his wife, Shirley.

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Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is, without a doubt, THE best book I've ever read! In 1940, Britain was outnumbered and outgunned, but refused to be outdone. They stood their ground and 'spit in the eye' of Hitler! The authors do a superb job of telling this story. The book is so well written it almost read like a novel; I couldn't put it down. I cried, laughed and cheered. I can't see anyone reading this and being dissapointed. I read it a year ago when it was first released and it remains my all-time favorite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Britain stood alone in 1940. The rest of europe was collapsing under the Nazi onslaught. Were it not for the superb leadership skills of Winston Churchill, europe would have been lost to the Nazis for, perhaps generations. Our world woud have been inalterably changed. Britain strood her ground and endured hardships that Americans cannot envision. This is a great story, well told. It reminda us of how close we (Americans) came to having the front lines of WWII on our doorsteps.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I encourage people to read this book.The courage of the men and women screams out at the reader from each page.Eyewitness accouunts of events unfold in every chapter,the bravery of the ordinary soldier moves the reader to tears.Amongst overwhelming odds these people kept the might of the German War machine at bay.I could not put the book down once I bought it,I do hope that whomever reads this will be as enthralled as I was.
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