To Lose a Battle France 1940

ISBN-10: 0141030658

ISBN-13: 9780141030654

Edition: 2007 (Revised)

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Description: During six weeks in 1940, Hitlers blitzkrieg shattered the redoubtable Maginot Line and, shortly thereafter, the French army. No historian has written a more definitive chronicle of that disaster than Alistair Horne, or one so emotionally gripping. Moving with cinematic swiftness from the battlefield to the Reichstag and the Palais de llyse, To Lose a Battleoverspills the confines of traditional military history to become a portrait of the French national soul in its darkest night.

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List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Sir Alistair Horne was born in London in 1925, and has spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. He served with the R.C.A.F. in Canada in 1943 and ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature and played international ice-hockey. After leaving Cambridge, Alistair Horne concentrated on writing: he spent three years in Germany as correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and speaks fluent French and German. His books include Back into Power; Small Earthquake in Chile; The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 ; and The Seven Ages of Paris. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-62 won both the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson History Award in 1978, and he is the official biographer of Harold Macmillan. In 1970, he founded a research Fellowship for young historians at St Antony's College, Oxford. In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French L�gion d'Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University.

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