Alone: Britain, Churchill, and Dunkirk: Defeat Into Victory

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.7 X 1.4 X 9.4 inches | 2.0 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Korda is the author of Ulysses S. Grant, Ike, Hero, and Charmed Lives. Educated at Le Rosey in Switzerland and at Magdalen College, Oxford, he served in the Royal Air Force. He took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and on its fiftieth anniversary was awarded the Order of Merit of the People's Republic of Hungary. He and his wife, Margaret, make their home in Dutchess County, New York.


The story of the coming of World War Two, the fall of France, and the 'miracle' at Dunkirk has been told many times before, but Michael Korda injects this familiar tale with fresh poignancy and compelling drama as only the finest historians can do...[His] memories as a young boy, watching his famous film family deal with the onset of war, give his elegant narrative an added dimension that makes it compulsively readable.--Max Boot
A fascinating mix of political history and personal reminiscence. I personally had almost the same experience, and was transported back seventy-five years.--John Julius Norwich
Michael Korda's cool dissection of the battle of Dunkirk and its aftermath makes wonderful reading: he's as able a historian as he was an editor.--Larry McMurtry
Entertaining. . . This crucial time is recounted by someone who witnessed those years as a child. Korda, a longtime book editor before becoming a full-time author, is like a charming dinner party host offering his personal experience of history. . . A fine introduction for anyone new to this fulcrum point of the 20th century.--Thomas E. Ricks
Where Korda's account differs from many similar Dunkirk histories is in a wide trawl of simultaneous social history alongside the military and political events. . . The book is also lavishly illustrated with contemporary photographs--many of them unfamiliar. Anyone wanting to explore the history behind Christopher Nolan's recent film could do a lot worse than start here.--Nigel Jones
Korda tells an exciting story laced with eyewitness detail and a fine sense of drama.--Matthew Price