The combination of Michael Dobbs' excellent writing skills and historical passion, and the legendary character of Winston Churchill, have provided two triumphantly successful books in WINSTON'S WAR and NEVER SURRENDER.In 1941, the war appears to be going badly on many fronts.
Churchill is the confirmed leader and so his domestic political struggles are slightly lessened, but battered, bloody and almost bankrupt, Britain limps on.
Churchill knows his country cannot win the war alone.An alliance with America is paramount, and Churchill is determined to develop and use a friendship with Averall Harriman, American Ambassador to Britain, and personal friend of President Franklin Roosevelt.
But his son's wife exploits this first. Pamela Churchill's passionate affair, conducted under her father-in-law's roof, presents Churchill with the appalling dilemma between saving his country, and allowing his son Randolph to be cuckolded.With no British battlefield successes, and with a jubilant Germany controlling Europe, 1941 was a bleak year.
America continued resolute against fighting, but by the year's close Pearl Harbour had forced America into the war.
Why had the Japanese been persuaded to attack American targets? And how were the rumours of the attack prevented from reaching American ears?Decisions of love and war are often matters of perception. And so it was in this case.This is an extraordinary novel of a man at bay, a nation facing disaster, and the political skills, human dilemmas and brilliant leadership that saved the day.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 23/08/2005
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780007183050
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Review by sylviaxxx
A very readable novel set during WW2, it shows the war from Churchill's viewpoint, and gives some interesting insights into the complexities and privations at that time.
Review by PhilipJHunt
The 3rd in the four-part series on Winston Churchill. Faction. It's more about the character and nature of Churchill than about the war. Dobbs knows how to keep our attention, weaving a few plotlines together so that, although it's a reasonably large volume, the reader rarely tires. You don't need to have read books 1 and 2, but it helps a bit.