Finest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45 by Max HastingsFinest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45 by Max Hastings

Finest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45

byMax Hastings

Paperback | September 28, 2010

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Pre-eminent military historian Max Hastings presents Winston Churchill as he has never been seen before.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. Hastings paints a wonderfully vivid image of the Prime Minister in triumph and tragedy. 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, and struggles with the Russians. 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. He condemns as folly Churchill's attempt to promote mass uprisings in occupied Europe, and 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.
Max Hastings studied at Charterhouse and Oxford and became a foreign correspondent, reporting from more than sixty countries and eleven wars for BBC TV and the London Evening Standard. He has won many awards for his journalism. Among his bestselling books, 'Bomber Command' won the Somerset Maugham Prize, and both 'Overlord' and 'Battle...
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Title:Finest Years: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45: Churchill As Warlord 1940-45Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pagesPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007263686

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The side of Churchill you didn't know What did Winston Churchill know, what was he fearful of, when did things change, and how did he keep his eye on the prize of victory while leading a reluctant nation and forging an alliance for victory. This is an extraordinary book for its insight into the quandries facing England's leader. It's history that moves at the pace of a novel, and is tough to put down once you sit with Max Hastings at Winston's elbow and examine every distinct phase of the conflict that continues to shape our world today.
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A great war book. Excellent work and well researched. And an honest work as well.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great war book. Excellent work and well researched. And an honest work as well.
Date published: 2013-09-23

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'One of the best books ever written about Churchill . Hastings's efficient, soldierly prose marches along at a brisk pace and carries the reader with it. He has drawn on copious original sources and consulted experts familiar with them, enabling him to cast fresh light on familiar episodes . a magnificent performance.' Sunday Times'The book's portrait of Churchill is scrupulously fair and often deeply moving . in fact Hastings excels with all his character portraits, especially with Roosevelt and Stalin. Hastings is truly a master of strategy and high command.' Antony Beevor, Mail on Sunday