Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England (Paperback)

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    Lynne Olson, former White House correspondent for The Sun (Baltimore), is the author of Freedom’s Daughters, and co-author, with her husband, Stanley Cloud, of A Question of Honor and The Murrow Boys. She lives in Washington, D.C.
    A riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War II
    On May 7, 1940, the House of Commons began perhaps the most crucial debate in British parliamentary history. On its outcome hung the future of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's government and also of Britain--indeed, perhaps, the world. Troublesome Young Men is Lynne Olson's fascinating account of how a small group of rebellious Tory MPs defied the Chamberlain government's defeatist policies that aimed to appease Europe's tyrants and eventually forced the prime minister's resignation.

    Some historians dismiss the "phony war" that preceded this turning point--from September 1939, when Britain and France declared war on Germany, to May 1940, when Winston Churchill became prime minister--as a time of waiting and inaction, but Olson makes no such mistake, and describes in dramatic detail the public unrest that spread through Britain then, as people realized how poorly prepared the nation was to confront Hitler, how their basic civil liberties were being jeopardized, and also that there were intrepid politicians willing to risk political suicide to spearhead the opposition to Chamberlain--Harold Macmillan, Robert Boothby, Leo Amery, Ronald Cartland, and Lord Robert Cranborne among them. The political and personal dramas that played out in Parliament and in the nation as Britain faced the threat of fascism virtually on its own are extraordinary--and, in Olson's hands, downright inspiring.

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    ISBN 9780374531331
    Genre HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
    Format Paperback
    Pages 436
    Publisher Date 2008-04-29 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux
    Copyright Year 2008
    Height 8.25 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.9 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Olson, Lynne
    Dimensions 9.0x6.0x1.0
    Country of Origin United States

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