Britain at Bay by Alan Allport audiobook

Britain at Bay: The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941

By Alan Allport
Read by James Langton

Random House Audio 9780451494740
21.09 Hours 1
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A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War. Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict's first crucial years, Alan Allport tackles questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation? In answering these and other essential questions he focuses on the human contingencies of the war, weighing directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime British society and culture. Britain at Bay draws on a large cast of characters--from the leading statesmen and military commanders who made the decisions, to the ordinary men, women, and children who carried them out and lived through their consequences--in a comprehensible and compelling single history of forty-six million people. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1938-1941.

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A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War. Here is the many-faceted, world-historically significant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict's first crucial years, Alan Allport tackles questions such as: Could the war have been avoided? Could it have been lost? Were the strategic decisions the rights ones? How well did the British organize and fight? How well did the British live up to their own values? What difference did the war make in the end to the fate of the nation? In answering these and other essential questions he focuses on the human contingencies of the war, weighing directly at the roles of individuals and the outcomes determined by luck or chance. Moreover, he looks intimately at the changes in wartime British society and culture. Britain at Bay draws on a large cast of characters--from the leading statesmen and military commanders who made the decisions, to the ordinary men, women, and children who carried them out and lived through their consequences--in a comprehensible and compelling single history of forty-six million people. For better or worse, much of Britain today is ultimately the product of the experiences of 1938-1941.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This sterling history casts an oft-studied subject in a new light.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Allport’s provocative view will intrigue American readers…These are familiar events, but Allport’s interpretation is superb.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Unusually informative and stimulating…Quite a few received ideas are deftly skewered.” New York Times Book Review
“With biographical vignettes and anecdotes illustrating the lived experience of ordinary people…but the twist is that it is a tale of national decline on an epic scale.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Might be the single best examination of British politics, society and strategy in these four years that has ever been written.” Wall Street Journal
“So effortlessly does James Langton deliver this narrative and so precisely does he touch on each nuance in the author’s prose that it’s easy to overlook the sheer excellence of his skill…[A] matchless performance.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Alan Allport

Author Bio: Alan Allport

Alan Allport is a British-born historian, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, who specializes in the British role in the Second World War. He received a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor of history in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of Demobbed: Coming Home after the Second World War, which won the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award, and Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945. He has also written for several publications including the London Times, the Literary Review, and the London Review of Books.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 21.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English