Finest Years

Churchill as Warlord 1940-45
Author: Max Hastings (journalist)
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780007337743
Category: Great Britain
Page: 664
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Churchill's Confidant

Jan Smuts, Enemy to Lifelong Friend
Author: Richard Steyn
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472140753
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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Brought together first as enemies in the Anglo-Boer War, and later as allies in the First World War, the remarkable, and often touching, friendship between Winston Churchill and Jan Smuts is a rich study in contrasts. In youth they occupied very different worlds: Churchill, the rambunctious and thrusting young aristocrat; Smuts, the aesthetic, philosophical Cape farm boy who would go on to Cambridge. Both were men of exceptional talents and achievements and, between them, the pair had to grapple with some of the twentieth century's most intractable issues, not least of which the task of restoring peace and prosperity to Europe after two of mankind's bloodiest wars. Drawing on a maze of archival and secondary sources including letters, telegrams and the voluminous books written about both men, Richard Steyn presents a fascinating account of two remarkable men in war and peace: one the leader of the Empire, the other the leader of a small fractious member of that Empire who nevertheless rose to global prominence.

Soldaten

Protokolle vom Kämpfen, Töten und Sterben
Author: Sönke Neitzel,Harald Welzer
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104007926
Category: History
Page: 528
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Dieses Buch legt auf einer einzigartigen Quellengrundlage erstmals eine überzeugende Mentalitätsgeschichte des Krieges vor. Auf der Grundlage von 150.000 Seiten Abhörprotokolle deutscher Soldaten in britischer und amerikanischer Gefangenschaft wird das Wissen um die Mentalität der Soldaten auf eine völlig neue Basis gestellt. In eigens eingerichteten Lagern wurden Kriegsgefangene aller Waffengattungen und Ränge heimlich abgehört. Sie sprachen über militärische Geheimnisse, über ihre Sicht auf die Gegner, auf die Führung und auch auf die Judenvernichtung. Das Buch liefert eine Rekonstruktion der Kriegswahrnehmung von Soldaten in historischer Echtzeit - eine ungeheuer materialreiche Innenansicht des Zweiten Weltkriegs durch jene Soldaten, die große Teile Europas verwüsteten.

Das Ende

Kampf bis in den Untergang - NS-Deutschland 1944/45
Author: Ian Kershaw
Publisher: DVA
ISBN: 3641128099
Category: History
Page: 704
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Das apokalyptische Finale des »Dritten Reiches« In der Endphase des Zweiten Weltkriegs glich das Leben in Deutschland einem Albtraum, die Städte lagen in Trümmern, Millionen von Menschen waren tot. Warum kämpften die Deutschen bis zum bitteren Ende weiter? Ian Kershaw schildert die letzten Monate des »Dritten Reichs«, vom Attentat auf Hitler im Juli 1944 bis zur Kapitulation im Mai 1945, und zeichnet dabei meisterhaft das Räderwerk nach, das das nationalsozialistische Herrschaftssystem bis zum Schluss in Gang hielt. Das »Dritte Reich« kämpfte nicht nur bis zum bitteren Ende, bis zur totalen Niederlage, es funktionierte auch bis zum Schluss. Bis die Rote Armee vor den Pforten der Reichskanzlei stand, wurde die öffentliche Ordnung in Deutschland, das täglich ein Stück mehr unter alliierte Besatzung geriet, weitgehend aufrechterhalten. Löhne wurden gezahlt und die Verwaltung arbeitete – wenngleich unter großen Schwierigkeiten – weiter. Aber warum war das so? Zentral bei der Frage nach Antworten, warum das Regime so lange durchhalten konnte, sind die Strukturen von Hitlers Herrschaft und die Mentalitäten, die sie untermauerten.

British Prime Ministers From Balfour to Brown


Author: Robert Pearce,Graham Goodlad
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135045380
Category: History
Page: 328
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The origins of the post of Prime Minister can be traced back to the eighteenth century when Sir Robert Walpole became the monarch’s principal minister. From the dawn of the twentieth century to the early years of the twenty-first, however, both the power and the significance of the role have been transformed. British Prime Ministers from Balfour to Brown explores the personalities and achievements of those twenty individuals who have held the highest political office between 1902 and 2010. It includes studies of the dominant premiers who helped shape Britain in peace and war – Lloyd George, Churchill, Thatcher and Blair – as well as portraits of the less familiar, from Asquith and Baldwin to Wilson and Heath. Each chapter gives a concise account of its subject’s rise to power, ideas and motivations, and governing style, as well as examining his or her contribution to policy-making and handling of the major issues of the time. Robert Pearce and Graham Goodlad explore each Prime Minister’s interaction with colleagues and political parties, as well as with Cabinet, Parliament and other key institutions of government. Furthermore they assess the significance, and current reputation, of each of the premiers. This book charts both the evolving importance of the office of Prime Minister and the continuing restraints on the exercise of power by Britain’s leaders. These concise, accessible and stimulating biographies provide an essential resource for students of political history and general readers alike.

Winston Churchill

At War and Thinking of War before 1939
Author: B.J.C. McKercher,Antoine Capet
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0429639929
Category: History
Page: 206
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Although remembered and even lauded in the public mind as the British prime minister during the Second World War who played a major role in Allied victory over the Axis Powers and Japan, Winston Churchill had a life and political career before 1939 conditioned by fighting other wars and, in peacetime, thinking about war. While historians debate his achievements and failures between 1939 and 1945, a less explored dimension is Churchill’s earlier connexion with war and warfare. This book explores Churchill’s earlier experience in fighting wars as a soldier and politician.

Churchill and the King

The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI
Author: Kenneth Weisbrode
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101638087
Category: History
Page: 224
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For fans of The King's Speech, the intriguing bond between monarch and prime minister and its crucial role during World War II The political and personal relationship between King George VI and Winston Churchill during World War II is one that has been largely overlooked throughout history, yet the trust and loyalty these men shared helped Britain navigate its perhaps most trying time. Despite their vast differences, the two men met weekly and found that their divergent virtues made them a powerful duo. The king’s shy nature was offset by Churchill’s willingness to cast himself as the nation’s savior. Meanwhile, Churchill’s complicated political past was given credibility by the king’s embrace and counsel. Together as foils, confidants, conspirators, and comrades, the duo guided Britain through war while reinspiring hope in the monarchy, Parliament, and the nation itself. Books about these men as individuals could fill a library, but Kenneth Weisbrode’s study of the unique bond between them is the first of its kind.

Glory and B*llocks

The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History – And the Half-truths, Lies, Mistakes and What We Really Just Don’t Know About Brexit
Author: Colin Brown
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780744439
Category: History
Page: 352
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Did the longbow secure victory at Agincourt or are the English just better in mud? Did Queen Elizabeth I know the Armada had capitulated when she delivered one of the most inspiring speeches in all history? Where did Wellington meet his Waterloo? Was the vote to leave the European Union Britain’s modern Peasants’ Revolt? Colin Brown travels to the sites of some of the most significant events in British history to skewer inaccuracies embedded in popular parlance and reveal the truth behind the stories that make Britain great.

Roy Jenkins


Author: John Campbell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448192447
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 832
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Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award Longlisted for the 2015 Orwell Prize Winner of the 2014 Political Book Awards Political Biography of the Year Roy Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. But though he never reached 10 Downing Street, he left a more enduring mark on British society than most of those who did. As a radical Home Secretary in the 1960s he drove through the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the legalisation of abortion. An early and consistent advocate of European unity, he played a decisive role in achieving British membership first of the Common Market and then of the European Union. Then in 1981, when both the Conservative and Labour parties had moved sharply to the right and left respectively he founded the centrist Social Democratic Party (SDP) which ultimately paved the way for Tony Blair’s creation of New Labour. On top of all this, Jenkins was a compulsive writer whose twenty-three books included best-selling biographies of Asquith, Gladstone and Churchill. He was the embodiment of the liberal establishment with a genius for friendship who knew and cultivated everyone who mattered in the overlapping worlds of politics, literature, diplomacy and academia. His biography is the story of an exceptionally well-filled and well-rounded life.

Der Churchill-Faktor


Author: Boris Johnson
Publisher: Klett-Cotta
ISBN: 3608101128
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 472
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Mit fulminanter Erzählfreude und einem pointensicheren Gespür für die erhellende Anekdote schildert Boris Johnson Leben und Charakter des bedeutendsten britischen Staatsmannes des 20. Jahrhunderts (1874 –1965). Fasziniert von der Einmaligkeit, dem Humor und Sprachwitz, dem Abenteurertum, den politischen und literarisch-künstlerischen Leistungen seines Helden, hat er eine ebenso kenntnisreiche wie hinreißende Liebeserklärung an Winston S. Churchill verfasst. Mit britischer Nonchalance zeigt Johnson, was die Jahrhundertgestalt Churchill jedem von uns heute noch bedeuten kann.

Hurricane

Victor of the Battle of Britain
Author: Leo McKinstry
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848543948
Category: History
Page: 384
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In the summer of 1940 the fate of Europe hung in the balance. Victory in the forthcoming air battle would mean national survival; defeat would establish German tyranny. The Luftwaffe greatly outnumbered the RAF, but during the Battle of Britain it was the RAF that emerged triumphant, thanks to two key fighter planes, the Spitfire and the Hurricane. The Hurricane made up over half of Fighter Command's front-line strength, and its revolutionary design transformed the RAF's capabilities. Leo McKinstry tells the story of the remarkable plane from its designers to the first-hand testimonies of those brave pilots who flew it; he takes in the full military and political background but always keeps the human stories to the fore - to restore the Hawker Hurricane to its rightful place in history.

Vietnam


Author: Max Hastings
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9048827353
Category: History
Page: 768
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De Vietnamoorlog was een van de grote keerpunten in de Westerse geschiedenis: miljoenen mensen lieten het leven in een slepend conflict dat de VS miljarden kostte en - nog belangrijker - het vertrouwen van meerdere generaties in hun politieke leiders. Tot op de dag van vandaag roept het beelden op van zinloze wreedheid: een brandende monnik, een publieke executie op klaarlichte dag en een schreeuwend en naakt meisje met vreselijke verwondingen veroorzaakt door napalm.

De geheime oorlog

Spionnen, codes en verzet: 1939-1945
Author: Max Hastings
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
ISBN: 9048827221
Category: History
Page: 832
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De Tweede Wereldoorlog is op vele fronten uitgevochten: op slagvelden en stranden, in het luchtruim en in en op het water van de wereldzeeën. Maar van even vitaal belang was de strijd die ondergronds werd geleverd door inlichtingendiensten, spionnen, dubbelspionnen, codebrekers, infiltranten en partizanen. In dit meesterlijke boek vertelt Max Hastings voor het eerst de geschiedenis van de wereldwijde geheime oorlog tussen alle strijdende partijen en de mensen die in die oorlog hun leven waagden. Hij baseert zich daarbij niet alleen op Amerikaanse, Britse en Duitse bronnen maar, heel bijzonder, ook op Russische en Japanse archieven. Het resultaat is een caleidoscopische blik op een vrijwel onverkend landschap. Aan de hand van een aantal cruciale momenten laat Hastings de enorme invloed zien die het werk van geheim agenten en ondergrondse operaties op het verloop van de oorlog in West en Oost hebben gehad. Zijn relaas voert van Bletchley Park, waar de Duitse Enigma-code werd gebroken, naar de reusachtige Sovjet-spionagemachine, die in omvang alle inspanningen van de andere oorlogvoerende naties in het niet deed zinken. De geheime oorlog onthult tal van nieuwe, verrassende feiten en voorbeelden van bedrog, misleiding, verraad en incompetentie, bij alle partijen. Max Hastings heeft een ongekend gedetailleerde kennis van wat er in de Tweede Wereldoorlog is gebeurd en gaat scherpe oordelen niet uit de weg, maar combineert dat, zoals altijd, met veel aandacht voor de menselijke kant van de oorlog, de moed die voor dit werk nodig was en de spanning waaronder het moest worden uitgevoerd.

Ganz normale Männer

das Reserve-Polizeibataillon 101 und die "Endlösung" in Polen
Author: Christopher R. Browning
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783499608001
Category: Polen - Deutschland / Reserve-Polizei-Bataillon 101 - Judenvernichtung - Geschichte
Page: 330
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Europas letzter Sommer

die scheinbar friedlichen Wochen vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg
Author: David Fromkin
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783896671837
Category:
Page: 414
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Stalin

am Hof des roten Zaren
Author: Simon Montefiore
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783596172511
Category:
Page: 874
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