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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 20 October 2017
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Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk.
In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of World War II, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany. Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days—surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war.
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Entertaining. . . This crucial time is recounted by someone who witnessed those years as a child. Korda, a longtime book editor before becoming a full-time author, is like a charming dinner party host offering his personal experience of history. . . A fine introduction for anyone new to this fulcrum point of the 20th century.--Thomas E. Ricks "New York Times Book Review"
Korda tells an exciting story laced with eyewitness detail and a fine sense of drama.--Matthew Price "Globe"
Michael Korda, who has often extended our understanding of so many diverse subjects, has accomplished another masterpiece in Alone. Dealing with Britain's desperate situation as France fell, he shows how the evacuation from Dunkirk became the inspiration for eventual British victory. One of Korda's best.--Henry Kissinger
The incredible, almost miraculous story of what happened at Dunkirk in the year 1940--and why--is unfolded in Alone with great narrative skill and superb delineation of a highly interesting cast of characters, including, importantly, the author himself and his own remarkable family.--David McCullough
Where Korda's account differs from many similar Dunkirk histories is in a wide trawl of simultaneous social history alongside the military and political events. . . The book is also lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs--many of them unfamiliar. Anyone wanting to explore the history behind Christopher Nolan's recent film could do a lot worse than start here.--Nigel Jones "Times Literary Supplement"
A fascinating mix of political history and personal reminiscence. I personally had almost the same experience, and was transported back seventy-five years.--John Julius Norwich
Michael Korda's cool dissection of the battle of Dunkirk and its aftermath makes wonderful reading: he's as able a historian as he was an editor.--Larry McMurtry
The story of the coming of World War Two, the fall of France, and the 'miracle' at Dunkirk has been told many times before, but Michael Korda injects this familiar tale with fresh poignancy and compelling drama as only the finest historians can do...[His] memories as a young boy, watching his famous film family deal with the onset of war, give his elegant narrative an added dimension that makes it compulsively readable.--Max Boot
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- Publisher : *Norton agency titles; 1st edition (20 October 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631491326
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631491320
- Dimensions : 17.02 x 3.56 x 24.38 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 13,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This books deals with:
a. The political machinations which resulted in Winston Churchill assuming the prime minister position on May 10, 1940 as the Germans invaded Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and France.
b. The German strategy is explained which led to the defeat of France in June 1940 aa the German occupied the country.
c. A full descriptive account of the miracle of the retreat from Dunkirk allowing England to fight alone against the Nazis until the neutral United States became an active ally following the Pear Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.
The book is lavishly illustrated with period photos of historical figures and members of the Korda family. Michael was one of over three million children who was evacuated from London spending the war in North America!
This is excellent history told by a master of historical writing! Superb!