Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45

Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45

Max Hastings

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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.

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    Inglese, Sir Max Hastings scrive per il Daily Mail e il Financial Times. Ha ricevuto numerosi premi per i suoi libri e le sue inchieste – Reporter of the Year nel 1982 e Editor Of The Year nel 1988. Nel 2008 ha ottenuto la Medaglia Westminster per il suo contributo alla letteratura militare, e nel 2009 l’Edgar Wallace Trophy del Press Club di Londra.Ha presentato numerosi documentari televisivi ed è stato insignito di lauree honoris causa dalle università di Leicester e Nottingham. È stato promotore e presidente della Campagna per la protezione dell’Inghilterra rurale (2002-2007) e curatore e amministratore della National Portrait Gallery (1995-2004).Vive con la moglie nel West Berkshire.Tra i suoi titoli pubblicati in Italia: Overlord. Il D day e la... Approfondisci
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