Last Hope Island : Britain, occupied Europe, and the brotherhood that helped turn the tide of war
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New York : Random House, [2017].
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Book
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First edition.
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9780812997354, 0812997352
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Amherst Jones Library - Lower Level940.534 OlsonAvailable
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Published
New York : Random House, [2017].
Edition
First edition.
Physical Desc
xviii, 553 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language
English
ISBN
9780812997354, 0812997352

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-525) and index.
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"When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone hold-out against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island'"--Provided by publisher.
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"When the Nazi Blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of seven occupied nations that escaped there to continue the fight. As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as 'Last Hope Island.' Getting there, one young emigré declared, was 'like getting to heaven.' In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive 'H7' monogram became a symbol of his country's resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible. Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans' heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans' Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations--gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe--that helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion. A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson's bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent."--Jacket.

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