JANUARY BOOK REVIEW

FIVE DAYS IN LONDON
Author: John Lukacs
Yale University Press; Copyright 1999
Selected Excerpt contributed by:
 Darrelyn L. Tutt

The turning point. Two accounts. The awesomeness of the German tide. Black Fortnight. Problems of British morale. Distrust of Churchill. Opinions and sentiments. 
"Outwardly calm, inwardly anxious."

"In the history of states and of peoples a turning point is often a battle or episode during a revolution: more precisely, a sudden shifting of events and movements in a battle or during a revolution. A turning point is not a milestone; the latter is a numerically fixable place, foreseeable, linear, and sequential. A turning point may occur in a person's mind; it may mean a change of direction; it has consequences that are multiple and unpredictable, consequences that are more often than not recognizable only in retrospect. A turning point may sometimes be foreseeable, but not with certainty. In this the moment came late on Tuesday, 28 May. It was the resolution of a struggle, which, at that very moment, Churchill had won. He declared that England would go on fighting, no matter what happened. No matter what happened: there would be no negotiating with Hitler. Here is the reconstruction of what he said to the Outer Cabinet ..."
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The movie DARKEST HOUR is a movie I recommend and a timely accompaniment to this book. On a scale of 1-10 the movie garners a "7.5" from me.
It lacks some historically correct data but is interesting and insightful.
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