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Finest Hour

The Battle Of Britain

By Tim Clayton

Sixty years ago, Europe lay at the feet of Adolf Hitler. In a series of whirlwind campaigns between September 1939 and June 1940, Germany defeated Poland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France. It had signed a treaty with the Soviet Union, driven the British Expeditionary Force off the continent of Europe at Dunkirk, and stood poised to invade Great Britain, the only remaining belligerent. Standing between Hitler and world domination was the just-elected prime minister, Winston Churchill...and a few thousand pilots in the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command. Defeat seemed inevitable. instead, a legend was born.

Taking its readers on a breathtaking journey from open lifeboats in North Atlantic gales to the cockpits of burning fighter planes, "Finest Hour" recreates the tensions and uncertainties of the events of 1940 -- months when the fate of the world truly did hang in the balance. It is a powerful account, told through the voices, diaries, letters, and memoirs of the men and women who lived and loved, fought and died during that terrible yet ultimately triumphant year. The personal stories of these soldiers and airmen, diplomats and politicians, journalists and spies are combined with a fresh and often controversial account of the swirling political intrigues and betrayals of the period. Here are President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Ambassador Joseph Kennedy; journalists Edward R. Murrow and Whitelaw Reid; Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King and French Premier Paul Reynaud. Here are the Royal Navy's assault on the French fleet, the hushed-up catastrophe of the SS "Lancastria," America's secret plans to cope with the expected defeat of Britain,and Winston Churchill's indomitable determination to bring the New World to the rescue of the Old.

A testament to a year when a nation's darkest hour became its finest, a work that blends original historical research with the experiences of ordinary people living in desperate times, "Finest Hour" is a singular achievement, an indispensable contribution to the literature of World War II.

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Format: Book
Author: Clayton, Tim
Title: Finest hour : the Battle of Britain / Tim Clayton and Phil Craig.
Publisher Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999.
Subject: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940 World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940
Isbn: 0684869306
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Call Number: 940.544941 Cla
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Format: Book
Author: Clayton, Tim
Title: Finest hour : the Battle of Britain / Tim Clayton and Phil Craig.
Publisher, Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, c1999.
Description: 349 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Great Britain
Subjects: World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France
Subjects: Dunkirk, Battle of, Dunkerque, France, 1940
Other Author: Craig, Phil, 1960-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-328) and index.
LCCN: 00033904
ISBN: 0684869306
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Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: 940.544941 Cla