Last Hope Island

Last Hope Island

Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

eBook - 2017
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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.
"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.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780812997361
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 553 pages) : illustrations
Call Number: eBook

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Mar 15, 2018

Outstanding, easy-to-read narrative of the involvement of of the European countries overrun by the Germans in WWII. I have been a great admirer of Winston Churchill. However, this books describes some of his actions which may have been less than honorable, but were probably necessary given the context of the extreme pressure he was under. The descriptions of the resistance and intelligence-gathering of the occupied nations are tremendous. We owe a lot to the many brave men and women who risked everything they had, including their families, to help defeat the Nazi tyranny. A truly inspirational book!

Jan 14, 2018

A thrilling history, detailed yet very readable, of the combined Allied effort against Germany, based in Great Britain and extending to the occupied countries. Has stunning revelations into the dark side of many of our heroes -- including Americans. Especially sad was the West's abandonment of Poland and Czechoslovakia, two countries that had suffered most because they were caught between the Soviets and the Nazis, to the Russians at the end of the war, to endure even more suffering and privation. Really tragic. I'm going to read all of Lynne Olson's books.

Aug 26, 2017

One of the best "behind the scene" book I have read. Highly recommend.

Aug 21, 2017

Even though I have read extensively about WWII, especially the European Theater, I was pleasantly surprised to discover many stories and events about which I had no previous knowledge. I had never read about the governments in exile to the extent with which they are detailed in this marvelous book. The bibliography has generated numerous additions to my list to be read. I found this a unique aspect of WWII for me and perhaps for many. MI6 and undercover efforts are not depicted as the total success that is often highlighted. I learned of many important individuals who are often simply footnotes in WWII history. This is a great book in itself and because it generates the desire to know more about the events and people it describes. Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

I love reading about world war two, and this book is one of the best out there period. It tells the story like no other author ever did.

May 20, 2017

Excellent book. Well-written and organized. Should be required reading for all history majors. The British perspective gives Americans a new view of FDR.


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