Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister (Paperback)Nicholas Shakespeare (author)
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London, early May 1940: Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain's government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in Six Minutes in May, Nicholas Shakespeare shows how easily events could have gone in a different direction.
The first land battle of the war was fought in the far north, in Norway. It went disastrously for the Allies and many blamed Churchill. Yet weeks later he would rise to the most powerful post in the country, overtaking Chamberlain and the favourite to succeed him, Lord Halifax. It took just six minutes for MPs to cast the votes that brought down Chamberlain.
Shakespeare shows us both the dramatic action on the battlefield in Norway and the machinations and personal relationships in Westminster that led up to this crucial point.
Uncovering fascinating new research and delving deep into the backgrounds of the key players, he has given us a new perspective on this critical moment in our history.
An award-winning novelist, biographer and historian, Nicholas Shakespeare's work includes the novels The Dancer Upstairs and Secrets of the Sea as well as acclaimed non-fiction including a biography of Bruce Chatwin and Priscilla.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 416 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm
'History books should give us insight and information, surprise and entertainment, and allow us to see the world, an incident or a character differently. Nicholas Shakespeare's Six Minutes in May delivers in abundance.' - Anthony Sattin, Observer
'Using new evidence with a novelist's feeling for personality and atmosphere' - John Gray, The Guardian
'Of the abundant new books on the Second World War, Nicholas Shakespeare's Six Minutes in May...takes the prize. The familiar story of how Churchill unexpectedly became prime minister in 1940 has never been told so amusingly, nor in such detail' - Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
'Nicholas Shakespeare's Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister...is as gripping as a novel. Apart from being meticulously researched, thoroughly original and beautifully written, the book is an important reminder of the fact that the direction of history can change in a heartbeat' - Peter Frankopan, History Today
'An eloquent study in how quickly the political landscape can change -- and history with it' - The Economist
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