Winston Churchill embarks on a battle of wills with Adolf Hitler in the run-up to Dunkirk. The compelling new historical novel from the acclaimed author of Winston's War.
Winston Churchill at his lowest ebb - pitted in personal confrontation with Adolf Hitler, and with ghosts from his tormented past.
In his bestselling novel Winston's War, Michael Dobbs brilliantly combined imagination and fact in a vivid recreation of Churchill's remarkable journey from the wilderness to Downing Street. It won acclaim from critics and caught the mood of the reading public. Now he draws on his unrivalled insight into the workings of power to bring the Greatest Briton to life once again.
10 May 1940. Hitler launches his devastating attack that within days will overrun France, Holland and Belgium, and that will bring Britain to its knees at Dunkirk. Only one man, Winston Churchill, seems capable of standing in his way. Yet Churchill is isolated, mistrusted by many of his colleagues, and tormented by ghosts from his past.
This is the story of those four crucial weeks in which Churchill and Hitler faced each other in a battle of wills. At its end, Hitler was at the gates of Paris and master of all he surveyed. But Churchill had already broken him on the most crucial battlefield of all, the battlefield of the mind.
From the reviews for Winston's War
`Dobbs is an author who can bring historical happenings so vitally back to life ... made all the more impressive by being, so far as I could see, historically accurate in every respect.'
Anthony Howard, THE TIMES
`An intriguing tale of espionage and treason that charts the increasingly tangled lives of a unique cast. This is a work to enthral.'
`Dobbs has done a brilliant job in evoking the drama and despair of Britain hovering on the edge of the abyss.'
`Dobbs weaves a fascinating tale of conspiracy, blackmail and treachery ... This page-turning, meaty, densely textured wartime thriller unblinkingly dissects the wealthy oligarchy that nearly ruined Britain.'
Michael Dobbs' books have a knack of being uncannily timely. His award-winning House of Cards trilogy foreshadowed both the downfall of Margaret Thatcher and the increasing turmoil within the Royal Family, while his Goodfellowe MP novels showed how a small band of highly motivated men could bring a great city to its knees. His most recent bestselling novel, Winston's War, was published just as the nation was voting for Winston Churchill as the Greatest Briton.
He has been an academic, a broadcaster, a senior corporate executive and an adviser to two Prime Ministers.