Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War

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On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, ‘peace for our time’. Within a year of the British prime minister’s return from Munich, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began. That moment of theatre was the culmination of over five years of drama. Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, Tim Bouverie takes us on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. We enter the 10 Downing Street of Stanley Baldwin and Chamberlain, and the backrooms of Parliament where an unusual coalition of MPs – including the indomitable Winston Churchill – were among the few to realise that the only real choice was between ‘war now or war later’.

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** SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER **
‘Astonishing’ ANTONY BEEVOR
‘One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years’ MAX HASTINGS

A thrilling new history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler and the Nazis to dominate Europe.

On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, ‘peace for our time’. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.

Drawing on previously unseen sources, Appeasing Hitler sweeps from the advent of Hitler in 1933 to the beaches of Dunkirk, and presents an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats whose actions and inaction had devastating consequences.

‘Brilliant and sparkling . . . Reads like a thriller. I couldn’t put it down’ Peter Frankopan

‘Vivid, detailed and utterly fascinating . . . This is political drama at its most compelling’ James Holland

‘Bouverie skilfully traces each shameful step to war . . . in moving and dramatic detail’ Sunday Telegraph

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Weight 375 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 12.9 cm
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Cover

Paperback

Pages

xiii, 497 , 16 unnumbered of plates

Language

English

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Dewey

941.0840922 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K

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