This is a day-by-day account of the eighty-day struggle in 1940 between Hitlerpoised on the edge of absolute victoryand Churchillthreatened by imminent invasion and defeat.
A masterful bookmasterful in its portrayal of its protagonists, masterful in its overall understanding of the death-struggle in which they engaged, masterful, above all, in its vivid, suspenseful chronicling of the most momentous eighty days in the history of this century.”Geoffrey Ward
This is a marvelous book. John Lukacs has lucid, unsentimental insight into the mind and character of both Churchill and Hitler.”Conor Cruise O’Brien
A wonderful story wonderfully told.”George F. Will
It is salutary to be reminded in this powerful study how close Hitler came to winning in 1940. . . . An impressive study . . . [written] with elegance and panache.”Peter Stansky, New York Times
A master of narrative history on a par with Barbara Tuchman and Garrett Mattingly.”Kirkus Reviews