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On The Brink, 8 Oct. 2009
A book detailing perhaps the three or four most important days in the history of Great Britain. The moment when Churchill, Chamberlain, Halifax, Greenwood and Attlee had to decide whether to surrender to the Nazis. The book is written in too academic a style for it to be gripping, but then that isn't the author's intention. He takes us through the events of those five days in May 1940, then adds his own comments. I never got the sense that "I was there", which is largely due to the writing, but then this is a history book, it must be remembered, and not a piece of fiction. I would recommend the book to history students, for it certainly puts the events behind the Iraq War - or at least those about which we have been told - into perspective. Never could five men have had a greater decision to make, and with the benefit of hindsight had they made the wrong one, fewer of us would be here today.