1940 by Laurence Thompson


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This is a book about the paralyzing insanity of war, a work as meaningful to the 1960's as Hardy's treatment of the Napoleonic wars in The Dynasts was to the generation before World War I. With consummate control, the author discusses the events of 1940 and illustrates how weak is man even in glory and how thin is the veneer of civilization. Mr. Thompson reduces such giants as Churchill and Roosevelt to the men that they were, and he does so in polished prose. His gift for turning an incisive phrase is prodigious.

Pub Date: Sept. 21st, 1966
Publisher: Morrow