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From Publishers Weekly

The author of City of Gold here takes a pragmatic look at the early years of WW II, "that complex and frightening time in which evil was in the ascendant, goodness diffident, and the British--impetuous, foolish and brave beyond measure--the world's only hope." His absorbing narrative concentrates on six major phases of the 1939-1941 period: the Battle of the Atlantic (U-boats versus convoys); Hitler's blitzkrieg victories in Western Europe and the Dunkirk evacuation; the tank battles between the British and the Germans in the Western Desert; the struggle between the Luftwaffe and the Royal Air Force for command of the air; the German invasion of Russia; and the complex combination of events and hardening attitudes that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Deighton pays close attention to Winston Churchill's thorny relations with his generals, and is especially critical of the British failure to prepare for an attack in Malaya, since the peninsula's rubber and tin made it an obvious target. Americans are largely absent from the narrative, but Deighton comments on U.S. isolationism and adds a stirring tribute to Air Corps General Henry Arnold for his foresight in organizing a pilot-training network before Pearl Harbor. Illustrations. $20,000 ad/promo.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"One good reason for looking again at the Second World War is to remind ourselves how badly the world's leaders performed and how bravely they were supported by their suffering populations." Deighton, best known as the author of spy novels, takes the reader into the early years of World War II, particularly the time when England stood alone. Chapters are organized topically (Atlantic, Blitzkrieg, Mediterranean), with extensive descriptions of prewar events to explain how or why the adversaries fought in a particular place. The British clashes with Axis and Axis sympathizers in places as diverse as East Africa and the Middle East will be unfamiliar to many Americans. Deighton ends his book with the opening of the Pacific war, leaving hope there will be a sequel. Deighton's opinions are explained reasonably, and his writing is both easily understood and thoroughly researched. Recommended for all libraries with an interest in World War II. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/93.
- John F. Camenga, Tampa-Hillsborough P.L., Fla.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 18010 KB
  • Print Length: 825 pages
  • Publisher: William Collins; Reissue edition (March 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2014
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EBZMKX0
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