There is an immediacy and intimacy to these words--written almost 60 years ago. They can still make you (or at least they made me) catch my breath. Of course we all know what happened--the shameful events that led up to the Blitzkreig; not just Appeasement but the over-confidence of the British Government that did not re-arm Britain; did not prepare the armed services for the conflict.
And Murrow has much to say about that. Just as he has much to say about the manner in which the British Government voted itself the power to take complete control of all persons and property. But governments--on either side of the Atlantic are not what really interest Edward R. Murrow. His main focus are the people.
He describes for us the life underground, the cinemas, he interviews the soldier evacuated from Dunkirk and the pilot who watches a night raid and hopes he hadn't been doing the same thing but to German cities. He watches and tells us about the extraordinary courage it takes to get on with your life; to just do the normal things--after a night raid. And, as a result, the stories he tells are, above all, a tribute to the British people whom he came to love.
And it is that which draws you in--for that story, the story of human sacrifice and the extraordinary courage it takes to simply get on with life is a story that is happening each and every day, all over the world. Sadly though, there is no longer and Edward R. Murrow to tell that story.
I wish there were.