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24 August 1939: The fate of the world is hanging in the balance. Hitler has ambitions to invade Poland and hopes Stalin will now help him. And the West must try to stop him. If they don't, world war will result. In this dramatic account of the last days of peace in 1939, Richard Overy re-creates hour by hour the unfolding story in the capitals of Europe as politicians and the public braced themselves for a war that they feared might spell the end of European civilisation. There was nothing entirely predictable or inevitable about the outcome. The West hoped that Hitler would see sense if they stood firm. Hitler was convinced the West would back down. There were moments of hesitation and moments of confrontation; secret intelligence was used by both sides to support their hopes. The one constant feature was the determination of Poland, a country created only in 1919, to fight a war that seemed entirely irrational, against the armed might of Germany. "Countdown to War" brings to life a defining moment in the history of the violent twentieth century.
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Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of more than twenty books on the era of the two World Wars, including Why the Allies Won, Russia's War and more recently The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia, which won the Wolfson Prize in 2005. His latest book, The Morbid Age: Britain between the Wars, was published in 2009.From AudioFile:
This brief book examines politics and diplomacy leading up to the outbreak of WWII, with a brief look at the initial violence. Simon Prebble's crisp British accent and pleasant, slightly gruff voice fit the no-nonsense reportage and occasional analysis of a dreadfully serious historical moment. The book is brisk, and he keeps it moving but not so quickly that it becomes impossible to track its many people and events. The level of detail actually makes the story more interesting, rather than less so, and Prebble's reading, never showy but clearly and well inflected, supports that interest. This is what listeners of serious nonfiction want: an intelligent book intelligently read. W.M. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
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Book Description Allen Lane, London, 2009. Hard Cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. First Edition. 159 pages, index, notes. Countdown to War brings to life a defining moment in the history of the twentieth century. In this dramatic account Richard Overy re-creates hour-by-hour the last days of peace in 1939, as politicians and the public braced themselves for a war they feared might spell the end of European civilization. Seller Inventory # 336151
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