Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World, 1940-1941 by Ian KershawFateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw

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

byIan Kershaw

Paperback | May 27, 2008

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The newest immensely original undertaking from the historian who gave us the defining two-volume portrait of Hitler, Fateful Choices puts Ian Kershaw?s analytical and storytelling gifts on dazzling display. From May 1940 to December 1941, the leaders of the world?s six major powers made a series of related decisions that determined the final outcome of World War II and shaped the course of human destiny. As the author examines the connected stories of these profound choices, he restores a sense of drama and contingency to this pivotal moment, producing one of the freshest, most important books on World War II in years?one with powerful contemporary relevance.
Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and Back, The End, Fateful Choices, and Making Friends with Hitler, is a British historian of twentieth-century Germany noted for his monumental biographies of Adolf Hitler. In 2002, he received his knighthood for services to history. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, th...
Title:Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World, 1940-1941Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 8.44 × 5.5 × 1.47 inPublished:May 27, 2008Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143113720

ISBN - 13:9780143113720

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read for fans of World War II history Fateful Choices is a nicely written and clear arguement about events in World War 2. Through the lens of looking at the importance of the individual in history, Kershaw presents ten choices made by world leaders between 1940-41 that changed the outcome of WWII and ultimately, the shape of the world long after the war. For each decision, he carefully considers the context of who the leaders were and the environment they were in that affected the choices they made. Each chapter breaks down why alternative choices were not feasible for these figures, making it a clear and well rounded presentation of these ten decisions. For anyone with a deep interest in WWII, I would highly recommend this read.
Date published: 2018-02-13

Editorial Reviews

? Superb . . . helps to further our understanding of this epic struggle? as well as of the role of contingency in history.?
?The New York Times Book Review

? The central achievement of Ian Kershaw?s latest book is to make new some bits of history you thought you already had a handle on. . . . Full of surprises.?
?San Francisco Chronicle