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I am an old man (78), at least old ...
on 19 December 2015
I am an old man (78), at least old enough to have precise memories of World War 2 which , as a child of a Belgian refugee family, I lived through with my mother in Cardiff. My father served as a sailor in the Royal Navy. A couple of days ago my son gave me this book as a present. Needless to say that, browsing through its 447 pages, my attention was focused on Schama's description of those dramatic and tragic days of May 1940 when the war developed to full-blown proportions. I have never read such a poignant and passionate description of Winston Churchill in his role, not just as prime minister of Britain, but above all as ultimate savior of his country. Schama, rightfully, emphasises the capital importance of Churchill's supreme command of the English language, a quality which Schama himself demonstates with impressive mastership. Every young person whose curiosity is aroused about Britain and its history during the 19th and 20th century, should read this volume.