Synopses & Reviews
The days from May 24 to May 28, 1940, altered the course of the history of this century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs's magisterial new book.
"[This book] has the power and sweep of Shakespeare's chronicle plays." Robert Taylor, Boston Globe
"[A] fascinating work of historical reconstruction....[Lukacs] gives us much to ponder in this intriguing and perhaps still controversial story." Stanley Weintraub, Wall Street Journal
"Superb...can be compared to such classics as Trevor-Roper's The Last Days of Hitler and Tuchman's The Guns of August." Michael Korda, Harper's Magazine
"This gem of a book...is a compelling antidote for those afflicted with historical amnesia." Kai Bird, Washington Post
"A brilliant, heavyweight little book." Times (London)
"A gripping historical drama....Lucaks's story is not new,...but [he] has transformed it into a memorable drama." M.F. Perutz, New York Review of Books
The days from 24 May to 28 May 1940 altered the course of history in the 20th century, as the members of the British War Cabinet debated whether to negotiate with Hitler or to continue the war. The decisive importance of these five days is the focus of John Lukacs's study.
About the Author
John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, among them The Hitler of History, The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age (which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), The Last European War, The Duel, and A Thread of Years, the last three of which have been published by Yale University Press