Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45

Max Hastings

Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-45

About the Book


Winston Churchill was the greatest war leader britain 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, as Minister of Defence. Hastings paints a wonderfully vivid image of the prime minister in triumph and tragedy , and indentifies many neglected issues. 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 on the Beaches: his wooing of the Americans, when most of his countrymen resented and disliked them: and struggles with the Russians. To the dismay and embarrassment of ministers and generals, the Soviet Union became vastly popular with the British public, who contrasted the Red Army's achievements with their own army's failures. 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, Hasting's provides new perspectives on the greatest Englishman and the precarious Grand Alliance. He condemns as folly Churchill's attempt to promote mass uprisings in occupied Europe through SOE and describes the Prime Minister disasterous but little-known Dodecanese campaign of 1943. he 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.


Format: Hardcover


Pages: 640


Size: 24cm x 16cm x 4.5cm


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