World in the Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October 1940

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jan 1, 2011 - History - 255 pages
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In mid-1940, the British Expeditionary Force desperately attempted to flee the small French port of Dunkirk and reach British shores. France was falling, and the men were well aware that the German army had already conquered Poland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, and Belgium. Only Britain remained. Churchill then proclaimed to the House of Commons, "Hitler will have to break us in this island or lose the war." There were, perhaps, no more telling words spoken in World War II. For the following five months, Great Britain waged a heroic, and clandestine, struggle with Nazi Germany--one both psychological and diplomatic--over the fate of the world. World in the Balance recounts these pivotal months. Rallying after Churchill's speeches, destroying the French fleet so it would not fall to the Germans, fending off Nazi agents from former King Edward VIII, weakening England's defenses to build up those of Egypt, establishing a dedication to secret radar, and engaging in deft diplomacy--notably saving Gibraltar by keeping Spain neutral and successfully courting favor in the United States--set all the pieces in place for eventual victory over Axis fascism.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Brooke C. Stoddard is the author of World in the Balance: The Perilous Months of June-October 1940 (Potomac, 2011). He is a lifelong professional writer. He worked as a writer and editor at Time-Life Books from 1977 to 1983 and as a book project manager at National Geographic from 2007 to 2009. Between and since, he has worked independently writing stories for the Washington Post, Smithsonian magazine's website, Historic Preservation, and many other periodicals. Some of his more technology and manufacturing stories have appeared in Electric Perspectives, American Gas, Chemical Process Safety Report, McGraw-Hill's Federal Technology Report, and Cutting Tool Engineering. He is the former editor of Military Heritage magazine.

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