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Their Finest Hour (1948)

de Winston S. Churchill

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Sèrie: Churchill's The Second World War (Volume 2)

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For eight grim months Great Britain stood alone as the only European power still carrying on the struggle against Nazi Germany. Eight months in which the Luftwaffe tried and failed to drive the RAF from the skies; eight months in which the Nazi fleet tried to starve Britain into submission. Focusing on the period from May 1940 to the end of the year, THEIR FINEST HOUR embraces Sir Winston Churchill's first days as Prime Minister, France's defeat, British troops' mass evacuation from Dunkirk and the uneasy summer when the enemy was daily expected upon our shores. However, it also features the first gleams of light as the danger of invasion faded and the year closed with Desert Victory. The descriptions of these times and events, both desperate and hopeful, are drawn from the pen of the man who shaped them and who led his people in resistance to every challenge, bringing the period to a close with the first victorious counter-attack.… (més)
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Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

Their Finest Hour enthrallingly recounts key events and battles from May to December 1940 as Britain stood isolated while Nazi Germany pursued its seemingly unconquerable war path - the fall of France, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, the horrors of the Blitz and Hitler's plans to invade and crush Russia, his sole ally in Europe.
  OLibrary | Jul 1, 2021 |
A narrator that does a great imitation of the great man. The history is well represented, from the faĺl of France to the blitzing of London and Great Britain, gives the listener a ring-side seat. ( )
  charlie68 | Nov 17, 2018 |
Stirring stuff. The chapters on Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain especially so. The absolute master at politely and diplomatically telling people to get their motherfucking act in gear. I was surprised to learn the internal discussion of offering to merge with France into one nation. Another surprise was the telegram to FDR mentioning potentially letting Northern Ireland merge with Eire. ( )
  encephalical | Apr 13, 2017 |
Another fabulous entry in Churchill's series regarding World War II. This book roughly documents the year 1940 - the fall of France, the Battle of Britain and other activities during the year.

Churchill's grasp of the politics of the situation are breathtaking, the individual correspondence's between Churchill and FDR are amazing to read, as the finesse Churchill shows in documenting the case time and again to FDR that the U.S. must join Great Britain in their crusade against the Nazis, or face them alone if Great Britain should fall.

The strategic grasp Churchill demonstrates time and again of world events, and proper context is exciting to read. And this book is a great reminder that Great Britain for over a year held the tide of Nazi Germany at bay, and preceded to beat the Germans in the air, in Egypt, and at sea while absorbing a tremendous cost on their civilian population due to indiscriminate bombing.

Difficult to put down, fascinating in it's detail, this is a must read.

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  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
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MORAL OF THE WORK
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will


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How the British people
held the fort
ALONE
till those who
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Now at last the slowly gathered, long-pent-up fury of the storm broke upon us.
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Durante il periodo rievocato in quetsa Parte della mia opera sulle mie spalle gravavano pesantissime responsabilità. Ero Primo Ministro, Primo Lord del Tesoro, Ministro della Difesa e Leader della Camera dei Comuni. Dopo i primi quaranta giorni rimanemmo soli, dinanzi a una Germania e un'Italia vittoriose e impegnate in lotta mortale contro di noi, mentre la Russia Sovietica manteneva una ostile neutralità attivamente favorevole a Hitler, e s'addensava l'oscura minaccia rappresentata dal Giappone, Tuttavia il Gabinetto di Guerra, guidando gli affari di Sua Maestà Britannica con oculatezza e fedeltà, aiutato dal Parlamento e sostenuto dai Governi e dai popoli del Commonwelth e dell'Impero Britannico, permise di adempiere a tutti i compiti e di trionfare su tutti i nostri nemici.

Chartwell, Westerham, Kent - I. gennaio 1949
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For eight grim months Great Britain stood alone as the only European power still carrying on the struggle against Nazi Germany. Eight months in which the Luftwaffe tried and failed to drive the RAF from the skies; eight months in which the Nazi fleet tried to starve Britain into submission. Focusing on the period from May 1940 to the end of the year, THEIR FINEST HOUR embraces Sir Winston Churchill's first days as Prime Minister, France's defeat, British troops' mass evacuation from Dunkirk and the uneasy summer when the enemy was daily expected upon our shores. However, it also features the first gleams of light as the danger of invasion faded and the year closed with Desert Victory. The descriptions of these times and events, both desperate and hopeful, are drawn from the pen of the man who shaped them and who led his people in resistance to every challenge, bringing the period to a close with the first victorious counter-attack.

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