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Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister - 99p Kindle Daily Deal

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Found 12th Feb
***Selected as a 2017 Book of the Year in the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Observer and The Economist***

London, early May 1940: Britain is under threat of invasion and Neville Chamberlain’s government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in SIX MINUTES IN MAY Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.

Britain's first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It went disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet weeks later he would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and the favourite to succeed him, Lord Halifax.

It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain. Shakespeare shows us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that led up to this crucial point. Uncovering fascinating new research and delving deep into the backgrounds of the key players, he has given us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.
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A good story but likely to be co-opted by the backwards-looking mouth-frothers who are more concerned with reliving past glories than securing this country's future.
Joe90_guy3 m ago

A good story but likely to be co-opted by the backwards-looking …A good story but likely to be co-opted by the backwards-looking mouth-frothers who are more concerned with reliving past glories than securing this country's future.


For a visual version of this and many other important events of the past century, sometimes with a touch of wry humour, try watching Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain. Available on you tube.
pa55word12315 m ago

For a visual version of this and many other important events of the past …For a visual version of this and many other important events of the past century, sometimes with a touch of wry humour, try watching Andrew Marr's The Making of Modern Britain. Available on you tube.



Have read that book about half a dozen times now. An excellent read.
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