1939: Countdown to War (2020)

Countdown to War A leading historian re creates the final hours of peace in Europe On August the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact signaling an
  • Title: 1939: Countdown to War
  • Author: Richard Overy
  • ISBN: 9780670022090
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A leading historian re creates the final hours of peace in Europe On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond In this dramatic account of the final days before the outbreak of World War II, award winning historianA leading historian re creates the final hours of peace in Europe On August 24, 1939, the world held its collective breath as Hitler and Stalin signed the now infamous nonaggression pact, signaling an imminent invasion of Poland and daring Western Europe to respond In this dramatic account of the final days before the outbreak of World War II, award winning historian Richard Overy vividly chronicles the unraveling of peace, hour by grim hour, as politicians and ordinary citizens brace themselves for a war that could spell the end of European civilization Nothing was entirely predictable or inevitable The West hoped that Hitler would see sense if they stood firm Hitler was convinced the West would back down Moments of uncertainty alternated with those of confrontation secret intelligence was used by both sides to support their hopes The one constant feature was the determination of Poland, a country created only in 1919, to protect its newfound independence against a vastly superior enemy 1939 documents a defining moment in the violent history of the twentieth century.
    Countdown to War Overy, Richard Sep , Countdown to War by Richard Overy is not a diplomatic history that forensically charts how and why France and Britain went to war with Nazi Germany over their invasion of Poland in the style of Christopher Clark s book Sleepwalkers which documents the countdown to World War I. Countdown to War by Richard Overy In his book Countdown to War, British historian Richard Overy takes us through the final week before the invasion day by day Even during those last days of August, there was still hope among many leaders in France and England that war could somehow be avoided Forming the backdrop for the events of was th Countdown to War Audible Audio Edition Countdown to War by Richard Overy is not a diplomatic history that forensically charts how and why France and Britain went to war with Nazi Germany over their invasion of Poland in the style of Christopher Clark s book Sleepwalkers which documents the countdown to Countdown to War by Richard Overy History books Aug , Countdown to War by Richard Overy Simon Garfield admires Richard Overy s lucid account of the build up to the Second World Countdown to War by Richard Overy, Paperback Sep , A brilliantly concise narrative of the days leading to the outbreak of history s greatest conflagration, takes readers hour by hour through the nail biting decisions that determined the fate of millions. Countdown to World War Two Monday August BBC Mar , BBC History World Wars Countdown to World War Two Monday August Discover what made the news in Britain the week before World War Two was
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    1. Very short overview of the year of chamberlain s calamity Goes through all the paces 1,2,3 but no spice If one is interested in events immediately leading up to the declaration of war then this is the book for you2017 Lenten Buddy Reading Challenge book 25

    2. Written in 2009, 80 years after the start of the Second World War, Richard Overy tries to answer why 25 years after the Great War Europe went to war again by covering the last final 9 days before the start of the war in September 1939.Hitler wanted war The Allies tried desperatedly to prevent war That is the overall consensus between historians and the general view of the public But why, after the horrors of 1914 1918, was there not yet another peaceful solution Hitler wanted a war, but wanted a [...]

    3. I started reading this because I want some background information for my novel It s like history readings assigned in class, but it does a good job explaining how the war started, and what stand each side took from the beginning to the end of the start of war Sometimes the facts and numbers can get a bit dry but the conclusion part sums everything up in a simple way.

    4. This is a very quick read, worthwhile for anyone interested in the thinking of Hitler, as well as the leaders of the English, French, and Poles, in the week immediately preceeding the breakout of World War II Hitler was determined to have Danzig and his Polish corridor, and was willing to believe that the French and British would back down rather than enter into a war over the matter The British and French, on the other hand, hoped that their strong stance in support of Poland, and their stated [...]

    5. A highly readable, fast paced historical examination of the events leading up to the outbreak of WWII, written by a most esteemed scholar on the subject It reads like a thriller, and beyond the obvious reasons that it is one, it is well laid out, highly descriptive, and full of insights into the personalities and events that shaped the outbreak of war Highly recommended and it won t take you three days to read it

    6. We all know how World War II started Hitler invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 Simple, right Well, like many events in history, there s complexity than we might think In his 2009 book 1939 Countdown to War, British historian Richard Overy takes us through the final week before the invasion day by day Even during those last days of August, there was still hope among many leaders in France and England that war could somehow be avoided Forming the backdrop for the events of 1939 was the Czechoslo [...]

    7. In this book it is most stunning to think how much both the French and the British misread and misunderstood Hitler Even though both countries had agents in Germany they appeared to have been totally blind to the military buildup and the eventual invasion of Poland Both Chamberlain and the French Prime Minister were both advocates of peace and wary of conflict given that WW I was so brutal for both countries The really didn t want to go to war and they really felt that they were not going to hav [...]

    8. Overy packs a great deal of analysis into this very short book, which covers the ten days between the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact and the outbreak of World War Two from the perspective of British, French, and German leaders His argument is that in times of crisis leaders thinking skills tend to be compromised and constricted by physical and mental exhaustion After a week or so of confrontation, Chamberlain, Daladier, and Hitler became mentally boxed in and were unable to consider than one or two ou [...]

    9. It s not necessarily that this is a bad book, but rather that Overy has already written The Road to War, an excellent work offering a much broader investigation of the leadup to war Both in terms of the period covered and the nations involved 1939 presents a focused view, narrowing in on a handful of events for a trio of actors Germany, Great Britain, and France Poland gets a bit of discussion, but as they were largely a passive actor in terms of whether it would be a local war or a global one, [...]

    10. Overy, in straightforward and highly readable prose, presents the case that there was to the belligerency of 1939 that led to WWII than just Hitler and Stalin s ambitions While not breaking new ground, Overy s book serves an important purpose in informing the public that Poland was not an entirely innocent victim of Nazi and Soviet aggression A European middle power in its own right, Poland annexed its own slice of the Czechoslovakian pie at the same time that Germany was applying the screws to [...]

    11. This slim volume focuses with heart in mouth breathlessness on the scant few days between August 24 and September 3, 1939, when Germany, Poland, the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and France teeter on the brink of a war that is to be far larger than the one Hitler originally wanted Overy lays out, with great precision, the back story of Hitler s frustrated push for a war with Czechoslovakia the year before, and his eagerness to reclaim the land he believes was unfairly appropriated for Poland duri [...]

    12. The build up to the outbreak of war in 1939 is normally told as a long, slow and seemingly inevitable descent into conflict that began with Hitler s rise to power In 1939 Countdown to War , Richard Overy tells the story of the last ten days of the conflict It is a gripping tale of brinkmanship that reminds us that the past is never scripted, and that hindsight never helps the historian.By the end of August, Hitler was convinced that the French and the British would chicken out from coming to Pol [...]

    13. I m fascinated right now with this period in history the lead up to WWII Richard Overy s book provides a clear, concise, and well referenced description of the five days before Nazi Germany s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939 Overy provides the reader with a non judgemental, transparent view into the negotiations and attempts made by the French and English to stop Hitler from seizing Poland, and also gives equal footing to the German side, to the in fighting among Nazi leadership and doubt [...]

    14. An excellent short book which detailed the tumultuous events which led up to the outbreak of war in September 1939.Richard Overy, an outstanding historian of this period, has made use of his extensive knowledge, obtained from years of thorough research, to spell out in great detail just how war became inevitable once Hitler had shown his determination to annexe both Danzig and the Polish corridor.This is a fine and utterly invaluable work for anyone who wishes to understand why the Second World [...]

    15. Quick read about the last 10 days before the beginning of ww2 All the diplomatic and military intrigues as the face off over poland was set up and then crumbled down upon Europe is told day by day with a startling level of uncertainty as to why in the end the war was undertaken At its great, hitler did not believe Britain and France would ever fight and Britain and France believed that honor required at long last that they engage Germany directly But they didn t until later It s one example of [...]

    16. Sometimes it s probably nice to be short Other times being short might only seem nice, but detracts from being good Without further context, one might get the idea here that Hitler was looking for an easy way to get, or carve up, Poland, and that once he had succeeded in that effort, all would be well and life could go on with a, now, sated Germany I m sorry but there seems little evidence to support that in any histories I ve ever read Hitler was not going to be happy until he had it all.

    17. I appreciated the concise and detailed account of the weeks leading up to WWII with the large cast of characters is was easy to mix up who s who so I would have preferred a detailed index or cheat sheet of the various players from each country, but overall this was a great read, especially for Americans who often forget about the European origins of the war Also important to understand the way these weeks shaped ideologies of cold warriors of the 1950 s 1960 s

    18. This book reads like a single ominous antebellum drumbeat that gets hair raising as it goes along and actually induced chills at the start of war The details are positively fascinating in that a wow, all this went down and b all that went down is known in history This is quite a valuable book from which a great many lessons can be derived An important experience.

    19. 1939 Count down to War by Richard Overy was a concise history of the last two weeks of August before the Second World War broke out It s mostly a history of diplomacy Overy is very good at narrating the multiple prongs of the many attempts at avoiding what was perceived an unnecessary war The war was unavoidable probably This history shows why and how.

    20. I was looking for a factual book on this very subject and this book sufficed It was a little wordy but the main points of the causes of WW2, for what it was, are here There may be better books but I chose this one in my research of WW2, specifically the Holocaust.

    21. I learned so much, including the fact that the author include such small details in the description of a subject of such huge import I enjoyed the writing style It flows like a lucid narrative and helps me understand complicated events with many moving parts and actors.

    22. Concise, clear, and complex an approachable and detailed look at the weeks preceding the start of the Second World War Brief barely than a hundred pages in the paperback edition but tightly focused.

    23. I listened to this book in audiobook format It was very insightful and provided a side to the story that you normally don t hear.

    24. The audio edition fit nicely into a long Saturday car ride Informative summary of the events leading up to the invasion of Poland and Great Britain s and France s declarations of war on Germay.

    25. Most of us think that WW2 started with the Germans rolling into Poland on Sept 1, 1939 It did, but it was not quite as arbitrary as that This short book looks at the mad scrambling that occurred in German, Poland, Russia, Italy, England, and France in the week before the fighting actually began There were official and civilian diplomatic shuttles and initiatives, credible and wild rumors, governmental changes of tactics and prioritiesHitler gave the order to commence firing, then rescinded it th [...]

    26. Liderii democrati nu pot alege razboiul in acelasi mod simplu in care o fac dictatorii , cam asta ar fi ideea de baza a micului volum al lui Richard Overy, tradus din limba engleza de Anamaria Schwabb, pentru Editura Litera, Colectia Kronika, 2015 Concis volumul acopera ultimele 10 zile de pace, inainte de izbucnirea celui de al Doilea Razboi Mondial si incearca sa raspunda catorva intrebari trebuia negociata chestiunea poloneza si problema orasului Danzig in alta cheie se poate stabili un singu [...]

    27. Engaging history of the pre war period Worth reading in light of current events The author falls into the common trap of describing the war as accidental or a consequence of interlocking treaties In fact it was the outcome of the conflicting goals and objectives of the sovereigns and willfully ignoring readily available information and a preference for denial and delay over capacity for making hard, unpopular decisions.

    28. I wish I could say I really enjoyed reading this ten day countdown to World War II, but for reasons unrelated to its content it was just too much work Also for those same reasons I can t comment whether this book deserves the fourth star I m withholding now.1939 Countdown to War 1939 Nedr kningen till andra v rldskriget isn t an easy read in any language Its focus is too narrow for any casual reader for the devil truly is in the details By concentrating solely on the last days of peace and on th [...]

    29. It is evil things that we will be fighting against brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution and against them I am certain that the right will prevail Neville Chamberlain 1939This is a great short book on the last year before World War II started It ends with Great Britain s declaration of war, calling Hitler s bluff.What I found fascinating is the failure in intelligence on both countries Britain thought they could get Hitler to back down from his bullying and Hitler thought [...]

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