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Outbreak: 1939: The World Goes to War (Imperial War Museum) Hardcover – 20 Aug 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; First Edition, First Impression edition (20 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905264828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905264827
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compelling new book" (Telegraph)

"A compelling new book based on diaries and eye-witness accounts" (Daily Mail)

"Weaves together the memories of those who were intimately involved in the politics and planning of war and those so-called ordinary men and women who would also bear its privations and dangers for nearly six years" (History Today)

"Gas-proof dog kennels, fines for striking matches, intimate liaisons in the blackout - the Home Front vividly recalled by ordinary Britons" (Daily Mail)

Book Description

A unique record of an extraordinary year in British history, coinciding with a major exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

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This is an outstanding book, well worth a read. Using a wide variety of sources from around the world Terry Charman, Senior Historian at London's Imperial War Museum captures the critical period when Britain reluctantly slipped into war in 1939. Starting with a carefully crafted introduction he describes pre-war home life in fascinating and never tedious detail,Pale Ale was 3p a pint, a wireless set, of which there were 9,009,700 in the country, cost £12.60. Having established a reassuring picture of an order which might be lost, he moves deftly from London to Berlin to Warsaw, the tension building up with every page.
Supported by a well chosen selection of photographs from the Museum's Collection and making telling use of a wide range of eye witness accounts, this book has broad appeal and should not be missed.
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This is a wonderfully rich and well researched book that takes you right into the experiences of the ordinary people in Britain in the earliest days of the war, as well as giving insights into the process followed by the political leaders of the time. 'Outbreak' offers an awareness of the broader social experiences in those early months of the war, creating an understanding of the context in which people went to war, and moving the reader beyond the more obvious and well-known dimensions of the conflict. Highly recommended for anyone who wishes to capture the ordinary drama of the first months of the war.
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i read the book from cover to cover it was captivating... We dont realize how lucky we all are today.
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