Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941

Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941

by Robert Lyman
Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941

Under a Darkening Sky: The American Experience in Nazi Europe: 1939-1941

by Robert Lyman

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Overview

A vivid social history of the American expatriate experience in Europe between 1939 and 1941, as the Nazi menace brings a shadow over the continent, heralding the storms of war.

A poignant and powerful portrait of Europe in the years between 1939 and 1941—as the Nazi menace marches toward the greatest man-made catastrophe the world has ever experienced—Under a Darkening Sky focuses on a diverse group of expatriate Americans. Told through the eyes and observations of these characters caught up in these seismic events, the story unfolds alongside a war that slowly drags a reluctant United States into its violent embrace.

This vibrant narrative takes these dramatic personalities and evokes the engagement between Europe and a reluctant America from September 3, 1939—when Britain declares war—through the tragedy of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Robert Lyman's distinctively energetic storyline brings together a wide range of encounters, conversations, and memories, including individuals from across the social spectrum, from Josephine Baker to the young Americans who volunteered to fight in the RAF, as part of the famous “Eagle Squadrons.”

Hundreds of young Americans—like the aces James Goodison, Art Donahue, and the wealthy playboy Billy Fiske—smuggled themselves into Canada so that they could volunteer for the cockpits of Spitfires and Hurricanes, as they flew against the deadly Luftwaffe over ever-darkening skies in London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777368
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Robert Lyman is the author of numerous books, including Among the Headhunters and The Real X-Men. Widely regarded as one of Britain's most talented historians, he is a former officer in the British Army and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Berkshire, England.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Dramatis Personae xxi

1 "Nazi Germany Means War" 1

2 Paris in Springtime 25

3 The Gathering Storm 44

4 "A Long, Agonizing Illness" 71

5 The Ninety Percent 94

6 Le Drôle De Guerre 109

7 The Offensive in the West 124

8 Escape from Paris 146

9 Eagles at Dawn 172

10 Blitz 184

11 Occupation 208

12 Mesdames Pimpernels 224

13 Berlin 240

14 London 263

Epilogue 287

Appendix: Program of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, Munich, February 24, 1920 291

A Guide to Further Reading 297

Index 303

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