"But in May 1940 Churchill was the one who did not loose it" This is the theme of a compact, extraordinary 5 days that decided the outcome of WWII. This is certainly not the only event that brought the allies victory; however Mr. Lukacs demonstrates that while England was never in a position to win the war alone, she was in a position to loose it, and Churchill was the individual who saw that it was not lost.
I don't believe he overstates Churchill's role in the slightest. Had the War gone the other way Churchill certainly would have been the focus of all blame. Churchill was flawed, but during the decade of 1930, in what is often referred to as, "His Wilderness Years", the same men who would later owe their existence, and that of their Country's continuance to him, rejected him out of hand.
When he finally became Prime Minister it was when many of the disasters had begun or been completed. Churchill was given the mess that he inherited from Chamberlain and others; Alsace Lorraine gone, Austria gone, Czechoslovakia given away with Chamberlain's active participation punctuated by the "Peace In Our Time" debacle. Further, France was quickly falling apart, as were the Low Countries, Dunkirk loomed, and what is worse, Churchill had to cope with members of his own Cabinet that wanted to negotiate with Hitler as he was storming across Europe.
Churchill managed to bring those in government and the public to his side, and the rest as they say, is History. Mr. Lukacs provides great additional information, footnotes that are as informative as the body of the text, and an even handed description of those players involved including Churchill. Mr. Lukacs offers a brilliant documentation of History, which is also readable, and he plausibly demonstrates that what we may have thought of as an event that actually did take years to finish, may actually have been decided in 5 days.
Buy the book you will not be disappointed.