"The Duel" by John Lukacs

The Duel The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler John Lukacs


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Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
11 Mar 2001
ISBN:
9780300089165
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
272 pages: 229 x 152mm
Illustrations:
1 map

This is a day-by-day account of the eighty-day struggle in 1940 between Hitler—poised on the edge of absolute victory—and Churchill—threatened by imminent invasion and defeat--on the eve of the second World War.

"A masterful book—masterful 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

John Lukacs is the author of numerous books, among them The Hitler of History, The End of the Twentieth Century and the End of the Modern Age, Five Days in London, and A Thread of Years. The last two are available from Yale University Press.

"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


"The duelers are Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler, and Lukacs has taken eighty crucial days in 1940, dug up the papers of all the people involved, and produced a dramatic, ground-eye view of a period during which the direction of World War II balanced precariously."—Adam Smith, The Week


"A masterful book—masterful 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