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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, 13 Jun. 2010
I am Japanese reader. I managed to finish my reading the book. Professor John Lukacs tells us about the determination of Prime Minister Churchill against Hitler and his regime. Professor Lukacs explain
the personality and the character of Churcill very well on the basis of his well analytical and investigative skills. It seems to me that Mr. Churchill is not an English man in the sense that he was
a thinker-like stateman rather than a realist.After I read the book, I have understood Japan's war leaders
completely misunderstood Churcill's motives. Churchill fought against Hitler to defend western and Chrischan
civilization. Our leaders adhered to the triple alliance of Japan, Nazi Germany and Italy in order to keep
the interests of Manchuria and China. Our leaders seemed not to consider Mr. Churchill and U.S. President
Roosevelt fought against Hitler and Japanese war leaders to preserve values of wester civilization.
Professor Lukacs explains the complicate elements of history very well. I will recommend the book
to our friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When Churchill stepped into the breach..., 16 Oct. 2012
Mark Meynell "quaesitor" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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John Lukacs is a renowned and respected 20th Century historian who is well qualified to write this brief introduction to the context of Churchill's Blood and Sweat speech. That few heard the speech because it was given in the House of Commons doesn't dilute its significance. For the problem with history is that in retrospect, events always seem inevitable. What few realise is how fragile and precarious Britain was in 1940. That summer would see the fall of France and the Battle of Britain, and the Nazi war machine looked unstoppable. Not only that, Churchill was not universally respected, let alone loved, as he mostly is now. So Lukacs brilliantly analyses the circumstances of his coming to power, the instability of his own standing in Parliament at the start of his premiership and the military vulnerability of a country whose only real success was formed by a mass retreat (from Dunkirk).

But this is a tale brilliantly told in Lukacs excellent Five Days in London: May 1940 (Yale Nota Bene) - this book feels more like its précis (fair enough, if you've not read 5 Days). There are also moments which hint at the need for a bit more editorial scrutiny (e.g. the Nazi troops 'crash through' a border several times; the Wehrmacht is seen as merely one branch of the German military might, alongside the 'Kriegsmarine' (Navy) and 'Luftwaffe' (Air Force) (p8), whereas my understanding (and I'm open to correction!) is that the army's name was 'Heer' and all 3 formed the 'Wehrmacht' or Armed Forces).

These are quibbles though - there is much to learn about the times and lives of Churchill and his fellow wartime leaders at a crucial and terrifying moment in world history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 15 Dec. 2013
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I think it should be used as a teaching aid in schools very good well worth watching 10 out of 10
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