Book Reviews of Five Days in London: May 1940

Five Days in London: May 1940
Five Days in London May 1940
Author: John Lukacs
ISBN-13: 9780300084665
ISBN-10: 0300084668
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Pages: 256
  • Currently 2.6/5 Stars.

2.6 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Way too many footnotes, very irritating. Author was 75 years old when he wrote this book, and it shows. He meanders a lot. His main premise is that the crucial point in WW2 was these 5 days, when the UK supposedly considered entering into talks with Hitler. Even his writing doesn't convince me that it was a crucial decision.
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Excellent, well-researched perspective drawing on multiple sources, including contemporary writers' personal experiences and the Mass Observation project data (a kind of opinion survey of the time in England).

I found Lukacs stuck well to the scope of his project and I appreciated his breadth and depth of knowledge of his subject. Far from his age at writing being a "negative", for me it added to the book's value.

I am now interested in reading a later book Lukacs wrote called Democracy and Populism, since we live in a time rife with demagoguery.