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.
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.