Five Days in London, May 1940

Five Days in London, May 1940

by John Lukacs
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Five Days in London, May 1940 by John Lukacs

The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940 altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs's magisterial new book.Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill and the members of his cabinet were painfully considering their war responsibilities. We see how the military disasters taking place on the Continent -- particularly the plight of the nearly 400,000 British soldiers bottled up in Dunkirk -- affected Churchill's fragile political situation, for he had been prime minister only a fortnight and was regarded as impetuous and hotheaded even by many of his own party. Lukacs also investigates the mood of the British people, drawing on newspaper and Mass-Observation reports that show how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill's determination to stand fast.

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ISBN-13: 9780300180916
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/1999
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 266,265
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Lukacs was professor of history at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, until his recent retirement and has been visiting professor at many universities. He is the author of twenty-one books, among them The Hitler of History, The Duel, The End of the Twentieth Century and The End of the Modern Age (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and the most recent, A Thread of Years, also published by Yale University Press. He is the recipient of numerous academic honors and awards.

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Five Days in London, May 1940 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The nuance of Lucak's prose is probably the only way to peel away myth from fact here. One of the top 5 books ever to have been written about Winston Churchill.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Boring, unfocused, littered with mindless footnotes that turn out to be longer then the book itself. Lukas left me with absolutely no more of an idea of the events in May 1940 then I had prior to reading his book. Buyer beware!