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on 5 May 2014
Enjoyed this book immensely and found the subtle, and not-so-subtle, power-play between the 'big three' from Teheran to Potsdam particularly revealing. With the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising coming up later this year, perhaps Churchill's forlorn but determined effort to help Poland, via the Special Duty Squadrons based in Italy, will be remembered every bit as much as the Russian abandonment, and later domination of that country. What was it Sir John Slessor said: "the blackest-hearted, coldest-blooded treachery on the part of the Russians". I wonder where we would be now if the 'Unthinkable' had actually been the do-able!. Jennifer Elkin
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on 11 March 2014
An excellent, but worrying, insight into the mind of Winston Churchill. A good story, unfortunately true, that makes one question who were the good guys
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on 5 November 2014
The book does give insight into British strategic thinking at the end of World War 2. There's also some interesting views on the machinations over re-arming the Germans so shortly after the discovery of the concentration camps.

It's quite a short book and does repeat itself at points.
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on 19 April 2014
Interesting to read about these plans, but the blurb doesn't mention that military leaders (rightly) considered attacking the Soviet Union straight after WW2 as unwise - and impossible - as launching D-Day through Portugal, another Churchill idea they had to tell him they'd carefully investigated before dismissing.
Some phrasing in the book could've been better, and I was surprised by some signs of careless proofing. 'Patton' is misspelt 'Patten' at one (though not all!) points, and the name doesn't appear in either spelling in the index. Human and digital systems should have spotted such issues.
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on 12 March 2016
very good book!!!
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on 5 February 2014
its tayed on tablet britain didnt have the muscle to out gun the soviet without american help so was this just churchill idea yet its worth reading
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