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Finest years : Churchill as warlord 1940-45, Max Hastings

Label
Finest years : Churchill as warlord 1940-45
Title
Finest years
Title remainder
Churchill as warlord 1940-45
Statement of responsibility
Max Hastings
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader Britain ever had. In 1940 the nation rallied behind him in an extraordinary fashion. But thereafter, argues Max Hastings, there was a deep divide between what Churchill wanted from the British people and their army, and what they were capable of delivering. Himself a hero, he expected others to show themselves heroes also, and was often disappointed. It is little understood how low his popularity fell in 1942, amid an unbroken succession of battlefield defeats. Some of his closest colleagues joined a clamour for him to abandon his role directing the war machine, as Minister of Defence." "Hastings paints an image of the prime minister in triumph and tragedy, and identifies many neglected issues. He describes the 'second Dunkirk' in 1940, when Churchill's impulsiveness threatened to lose Britain almost as many troops in north-west France as had been saved from the beaches; his wooing of the Americans, when most of his countrymen resented and disliked them; and struggles with the Russians. To the dismay and embarrassment of ministers and generals, the Soviet Union became vastly popular with the British public, who contrasted the Red Army's achievements with their own army's failures. British wartime unity was increasingly tarnished by workers' unrest, with many strikes in mines and key industries."
  • "By looking at Churchill from the outside in, through the eyes of British soldiers, civilians and newspapers, and also those of Russians and Americans, Hastings provides new perspectives on the greatest Englishman and the precarious Grand Alliance. He condemns as folly Churchill's attempt to promote mass uprisings in occupied Europe through SOE, and describes the prime minister's disastrous but little-known Dodecanese campaign of 1943. He details Unthinkable, his amazing 1945 plan for an Allied offensive against the Russians to liberate Poland. Here is an intimate and affectionate portrait of Churchill as Britain's saviour, but also an unsparing examination of the wartime nation which he led and the performance of its armed forces."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hastings, Max
Dewey number
941.084092
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DA566.9.C5
LC item number
H273 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Churchill, Winston
  • Prime ministers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Public opinion
  • Great Britain
Label
Finest years : Churchill as warlord 1940-45, Max Hastings
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 636-644) and index
Contents
The Battle of France -- The two Dunkirks -- Invasion fever -- The Battle of Britain -- Greek fire -- Comrades -- The Battle of America -- A glimpse of Arcadia -- 'The valley of humiliation' -- Soldiers, bosses and 'slackers' -- 'Second front now!' -- Camels and the bear -- The turn of fortune -- Out of the desert -- Sunk in the Aegean -- Tehran -- Setting Europe ablaze -- Overlord -- Bargaining with an empty wallet -- Athens : 'wounded in the house of our friends' -- Yalta -- The final act
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 664 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9780007263677
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009529297
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2074167-01umb_inst
  • 2167415
  • (Sirsi) i9780007337743
  • (OCoLC)373477672
Label
Finest years : Churchill as warlord 1940-45, Max Hastings
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 636-644) and index
Contents
The Battle of France -- The two Dunkirks -- Invasion fever -- The Battle of Britain -- Greek fire -- Comrades -- The Battle of America -- A glimpse of Arcadia -- 'The valley of humiliation' -- Soldiers, bosses and 'slackers' -- 'Second front now!' -- Camels and the bear -- The turn of fortune -- Out of the desert -- Sunk in the Aegean -- Tehran -- Setting Europe ablaze -- Overlord -- Bargaining with an empty wallet -- Athens : 'wounded in the house of our friends' -- Yalta -- The final act
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiii, 664 p., [32] p. of plates
Isbn
9780007263677
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009529297
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2074167-01umb_inst
  • 2167415
  • (Sirsi) i9780007337743
  • (OCoLC)373477672

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