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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory
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Michael Korda
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Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

Michael Korda





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Combining epic history with rich family stories, Michael Korda chronicles the outbreak of World War II and the great events that led to Dunkirk.

In an absorbing work peopled with world leaders, generals, and ordinary citizens who fought on both sides of World War II, Alone brings to resounding life perhaps the most critical year of twentieth-century history. For, indeed, May 1940 was a month like no other, as the German war machine blazed into France while the supposedly impregnable Maginot Line crumbled, and Winston Churchill replaced Neville Chamberlain as prime minister in an astonishing political drama as Britain, isolated and alone, faced a triumphant Nazi Germany.

Against this vast historical canvas, Michael Korda relates what happened and why, and also tells his own story, that of a six-year-old boy in a glamorous movie family who would himself be evacuated. Alone is a work that seamlessly weaves a family memoir into an unforgettable account of a political and military disaster redeemed by the evacuation of more than 300,000 men in four days – surely one of the most heroic episodes of the war. Features 12 maps; 68 illustrations.

By:   Michael Korda
Imprint:   Liveright
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   920g
ISBN:   9781631491320
ISBN 10:   1631491326
Pages:   564
Publication Date:   September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Korda is the best-selling author of Hero, Clouds of Glory, and Charmed Lives. Born into a famous movie dynasty, he is a former editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster, was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, and makes his home in Dutchess County, New York.

This account of the events surrounding Dunkirk is a no-brainer for my top read of 2017. -- Soldier Selects 2017 - Soldier Magazine Ultimately, this is a title which offers an absorbing and well-written tale of political intrigue and military campaign... set within, is the fascinating tale of a family, as well as armies, rescued from the brink of disaster. -- Britain at War Magazine [Alone] vividly brings to life events which saw Britain stand alone as the only nation with the resolve and courage to defy Hitler. -- Sunday Post Scotland His [Korda's] attention to detail when relating specific events is superb and will make the military reader feel as if they are there among the action. -- Soldier The incredible, almost miraculous story of what happened at Dunkirk in the year 1940-and why-is unfolded in Alone with great narrative skill and superb delineation of a highly interesting cast of characters, including, importantly, the author himself and his own remarkable family. -- David McCullough ... he [Korda] offers two books for the price of one, interweaving a historical narrative of the events of 1939-1940, climaxing with Dunkirk, and a succession of vivid fragments of autobiography. -- Max Hastings - The New York Review of Books Anyone wanting to explore the history behind Christopher Nolan's recent film could do a lot worse than start here. -- Times Literary Supplement

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