Panoramic in scope, flawless in presentation, this book is a monument of international history. Having amassed all that is known of the kaleidoscopic blunders, deceptions and fateful games of secret intelligence, Donald Watt cogently explains how Europe's leaders were influenced and misled by Hitler's demonic drive for power. Here, fascinatingly ...
Panoramic in scope, flawless in presentation, this book is a monument of international history. Having amassed all that is known of the kaleidoscopic blunders, deceptions and fateful games of secret intelligence, Donald Watt cogently explains how Europe's leaders were influenced and misled by Hitler's demonic drive for power. Here, fascinatingly arranged for the general reader, are the reasons for a multi causal war that reshaped the world.
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Publishers Weekly, 1989-06-30 Watt closely examines the political and diplomatic atmosphere during the pivotal 11-month prewar period that included the signing of the Munich agreement, German occupation of the Sudentenland, the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact, the invasion of Poland and the British declaration of war. At the core of this fast-moving narrative is a reconstruction of increasingly tense conferences held by Hitler and his foreign minister Ribbentrop with a stream of statesmen ``suitors'' hoping to prevent or at least delay the Nazi leader's aggressive designs on neighboring countries. Suitors included Britain's Chamberlain, France's Edouard Daladier, Italy's Galeazzo Ciano, the Soviet Union's Molotov. Watt, a professor of international history at the London School of Economics, also examines the efforts of Mussolini to fathom Hitler's intentions, the Vatican's efforts to keep Italy neutral, and President Roosevelt's problems reconciling intervention with American neutrality. The involvement of the smaller European states in the overall effort to turn Hitler aside from his inexorable course is also analyzed. Watt's majestic work concludes with Prime Minister Chamberlain's invitation to the politically eclipsed Churchill to join the war cabinet, and the flash-message that flew through the halls of government: Winston is back. Photos. (Sept.)
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