Synopses & Reviews
Five days in London, May 1940, altered the course of history, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, conveying the drama and importance of these days.
In the days between May 24 and 28, 1940, the British War Cabinet held a historic debate over whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. In this magisterial book, John Lukacs demonstrates the decisive importance of these five days. Lukacs takes us hour by hour into the critical unfolding of events at 10 Downing Street, where Churchill, who had only been prime minister a fortnight, painfully considered his war responsibilities. We see how the military disasters taking place on the Continent, particularly the plight of the nearly 400,000 British soldiers bottled up in Dunkirk, affected Churchill's fragile political situation and how the citizenry, though only partly informed about the dangers that faced them, nevertheless began to support Churchill's determination to stand fast.