I have always been an avid student of history. One of the people that I greatly admire in history is Winston Churchill. Therefore, this month I’m recommending the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England back from the Brink. In the beginning of the book it states, “when Winston died, it was said of him that in those dark days in 1940, when Britain stood alone before a monstrous enemy, he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.” I believe that he was not only one of the most brilliant orators the world has ever known, but one of its best leaders. This book covers the twenty-five crucial days in 1940 that made Winston Churchill the icon he became.
In May of 1940, Great Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall to Hitler’s fascist regime. Invasion of Great Britain may be mere hours away.
Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must not only deal with this horror but a skeptical King, and pacifist politicians and citizens who still remember the devastation of WWI. How can he build trust and lead his nervous nation to rise up and take action to defend themselves and their allies from looming German occupation?
This book has gripping day-by-day accounts of how Churchill turned Great Britain around. The author reveals how he wrote and re-wrote his key speeches, from ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ to ‘We shall fight on the beaches’; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation,
Using new archive material, McCarten reveals the crucial moments that changed the course of history. It’s a fascinating read and is now a major motion picture as well.
Anthony McCarten is a fiction writer, playwright, poet and film-maker. Anthony’s debut novel, Spinners, won international acclaim. He has also written twelve stage plays, including the worldwide success Ladies’ Night, which won France’s Molière Prize in 2001. Anthony has adapted his own plays and novels into three feature films. His novel Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink was made into a major motion picture in 2017. He divides his time between London and Los Angeles.
Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink can be purchased HERE.