Britain's War. A New World, 1942-1947

Britain's War. A New World, 1942-1947

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The second volume in Daniel Todman's acclaimed history of Britain's experience of the Second World War

A stunning achievement' Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'I cannot recommend this history highly enough' Keith Lowe, Literary Review

Part Two of Daniel Todman's epic history of the Second World War opens with one of the greatest disasters in British military history - the fall of Singapore in February 1942. Unlike the aftermath of Dunkirk, there was no redeeming narrative available here - Britain had been defeated by a far smaller Japanese force in her grandly proclaimed, invincible Asian 'fortress'.

The unique skill of Daniel Todman's history lies in its never losing sight of the inter-connectedness of the British experience. The agony of Singapore, for example, is seen through the eyes of its inhabitants, of its defenders, of Churchill's Cabinet and of ordinary people at home. Each stage of the war, from the nadir of early 1942 to the great series of victories in 1944-5 and on to Indian independence, is described both as it was understood at the time and in the light of the very latest historical research.

Britain's War
is a triumph of narrative, empathy and research, as gripping in its handling of individual witnesses to the war - those doomed to struggle with bombing, rationing, exhausting work and above all the absence of millions of family members - as of the gigantic military, social, technological and economic forces that swept the conflict along. It is the definitive account of a drama which reshaped our country.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141982823
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.5341
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 2213
Number of pages: 976
Weight: 684g
Height: 129mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 45mm