Kershaw, Ian.


1st ed., 2007. Xxiv + 624 pp., 28 photo-plates + 5 maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. Small repair to d.j., & stamp referring to this damage on half t-p., o/w V.G. Newspaper Cuttings Tipped-in. In this gripping new book the author re-creates ten critical decisions taken between May 1940 (when Britain decided to fight on rather than surrender) and the autumn of 1941 (when Hitler decided to destroy Europe's Jews). In London, Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, Berlin and Washington, politicians and generals, often working with very poor information and vast logistical, financial, economic and military problems, had to decide how they were going to exploit or combat the unfolding crisis. These decisions really did determine the future of the world. This book gives the reader an extraordinary sense of the both the real constraints within which leaders worked but also of the role of personality: Churchill fighting on in the face of the catastrophe in France, Hitler ordering the invasion of the USSR despite Germany's failure to defeat Britain, Stalin trusting Hitler and leaving his country wide open to Operation Barbarossa, Roosevelt realising that the revolutionary idea of lend-lease could keep Britain fighting, the Japanese high command opting to attack the USA even in the face of evidence that it would fail. This is a remarkable book.

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