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Nineteen Weeks: America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940

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Gifted journalist Norman Moss gives us an important slice of history that sixty-three years later gives us a clearer view of current events. The forties were dominated by World War II. Hitler's conquest in Europe softened America's isolationist stand and order of world power was changed forever.
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Publisher Comments:

The whirl of events during the spring and summer of 1940 is boggling to contemplate: the astonishing collapse of France, the evacuation of Dunkirk, secret moves for peace, the Battle of Britain, air raids on London, the battle over isolationism in America. While Britain steeled itself for a German invasion, America argued over how to respond to the gathering storm in Europe. In December 1941, Germany and Japan would declare war on the United States, forcing the nation to join the Allied cause. But it was the extraordinary decisions made between May and September of 1940 that signaled America's willingness to emerge from its entrenched isolationism. Those nineteen weeks were, Moss shows, the crucible in which America's interventionist role in the world was forged and which ensured the decline and eventual disappearance of the British Empire. Roosevelt's battle for the hearts and minds of Americans was to have far-reaching consequences that still color the way we live today.

Nineteen Weeks recounts the epic tale of these two nations, each confronting the great crush of history. Moss examines this period from the viewpoints of the leaders and policymakers, but also through the intimate experiences of ordinary citizens. A moving, prescient examination of two countries struggling with war, Nineteen Weeks opens important questions about the decline of the British Empire and the rise of America's dominant role in global politics.

Review:

"This is an accurate, large-scale history of a short time frame, presented in an eminently readable style." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Even those familiar with the historical chronology will enjoy Moss' engaging narrative, and many will be surprised by some of the lesser-known details....Moss' history is a must for anyone supposing that American involvement in World War II began with Pearl Harbor." Booklist

Review:

"Nineteen Weeks is not only a vivid portrait of the desperate days of 1940 when Britain's fate was very much in doubt but a stirring example, as a British M.P. noted, of a time when 'every day is a document, every hour history.'" The Washington Post

Review:

"Moss reiterates known history unnecessarily....he is a journalist, not a historian, and his instinct to grab the reader with histrionics and heavily freighted anecdotes threatens to undermine what is otherwise legitimate research. Ultimately, it's pretty compelling reading and recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"Moss?s account touches on any number of little-explored incidents....Historians will take issue with some of the interpretations, but general readers will find this a lucid introduction to the days before the tide was turned." Kirkus Reviews

Book News Annotation:

A journalist who writes on scientific and political themes, Moss looks in detail at the diplomatic relations, particularly between Britain and the US but also between other parties of World War II, from May to September 1940. During that period, he says, the two anglophone countries threw their fates together against alternative offers and historical precedent. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-382) and index.

About the Author

Norman Moss, a writer, journalist, and broadcaster, is the author of several books, including a widely praised history of the hydrogen bomb and a biography of the atomic spy Klaus Fuchs.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 1 Postwar 4 2 Prewar 26 3 Phony War 57 4 Blitzkrieg 96 5 Retreat and Deliverance 127 6 The Great Debate 158 7 The White Cliffs 188 8 Panzers in Philadelphia 224 9 “The Most Critical Month” 260 10 The Biggest Target 288 11 Odds Long, Stakes Infinite 319 12 After the Summer 348 Notes 361 Select Bibliography 375 Index 383

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618104710
Subtitle:
America, Britain, and the Fateful Summer of 1940
Author:
Moss, Norman
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
United states
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Great Britain Military relations.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
107-285
Publication Date:
May 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
One 8-page black-and-white photo insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.81 in 1.58 lb

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Product details 416 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618104710 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Gifted journalist Norman Moss gives us an important slice of history that sixty-three years later gives us a clearer view of current events. The forties were dominated by World War II. Hitler's conquest in Europe softened America's isolationist stand and order of world power was changed forever.

"Review" by , "This is an accurate, large-scale history of a short time frame, presented in an eminently readable style."
"Review" by , "Even those familiar with the historical chronology will enjoy Moss' engaging narrative, and many will be surprised by some of the lesser-known details....Moss' history is a must for anyone supposing that American involvement in World War II began with Pearl Harbor."
"Review" by , "Nineteen Weeks is not only a vivid portrait of the desperate days of 1940 when Britain's fate was very much in doubt but a stirring example, as a British M.P. noted, of a time when 'every day is a document, every hour history.'"
"Review" by , "Moss reiterates known history unnecessarily....he is a journalist, not a historian, and his instinct to grab the reader with histrionics and heavily freighted anecdotes threatens to undermine what is otherwise legitimate research. Ultimately, it's pretty compelling reading and recommended."
"Review" by , "Moss?s account touches on any number of little-explored incidents....Historians will take issue with some of the interpretations, but general readers will find this a lucid introduction to the days before the tide was turned."
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-382) and index.
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