The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler

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Yale University Press, Mar 11, 2001 - History - 272 pages
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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

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I like Mr. Lukacs, he seems to conduct research! One could cross-reference this book with Len Deighton's "XPD". Mr. Deighton loses in the comparison! Lukacs has joked that his final book will be called "the Forty-Five Minutes" and cover the crucial cabinet meeting. :-) Read full review

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User Review  - jburlinson - LibraryThing

John Lukacs has a man crush on Winston Churchill. This book is a mid-period entry in a chain of valentines that culminated in 2002 with the publication of Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian ... Read full review

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