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1939

Countdown to War

Richard Overy - Author

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ISBN 9781101500415 | 176 pages | 23 Sep 2010 | Penguin | 18 - AND UP
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"Overy's book is easily the best account of Europe's descent into...death and destruction." --Evening Standard (London)

A brilliantly concise narrative of the days leading to the outbreak of history's greatest conflagration, 1939 takes readers hour by hour through the nail-biting decisions that determined the fate of millions. Richard Overy, a leading historian of the period, masterfully recreates the jockeying for advantage that set Europe's greatest powers on a collision course. Would Stalin join Hitler in a bid to divide Poland and flout the West? Would Britain and France succeed in forcing Germany to reason? And how far would a defiant Poland push its claim to exist? In the summer of 1939, the course of events was anything but assured, as this exceptionally absorbing book drives home.



Preface
Acknowledgments

Prologue: Poland, Germany and the West
Time Running Out: 24-26 August 1939
Poland in the Middle: 27-31 August
Local War or World War?: 1-3 September
The Failure of Peace: 3 Spetmber 1939
Conclusion: Why War?

Notes
Index


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