1939: Countdown to War

1939: Countdown to War

by Richard Overy


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"Overy's book is easily the best account of Europe's descent into...death and destruction." —Evening Standard (London)

A brilliantly concise narrative of the days leading to the outbreak of history's greatest conflagration, 1939 takes readers hour by hour through the nail-biting decisions that determined the fate of millions. Richard Overy, a leading historian of the period, masterfully recreates the jockeying for advantage that set Europe's greatest powers on a collision course. Would Stalin join Hitler in a bid to divide Poland and flout the West? Would Britain and France succeed in forcing Germany to reason? And how far would a defiant Poland push its claim to exist? In the summer of 1939, the course of events was anything but assured, as this exceptionally absorbing book drives home.

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ISBN-13: 9780143120063
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 795,143
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Overy is a professor of history at the University of Exeter, U.K. A leading expert on the history of the Second World War, he has written such acclaimed books as The Twilight Years, Why the Allies Won, and The Dictators, winner of the Wolfson Prize in 2005.

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"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.... This is what listeners of serious nonfiction want: an intelligent book intelligently read." —-AudioFile

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