From fighter pilots risking their lives in the skies above England, to squaddies stranded at Dunkirk, to schoolgirls sent abroad to Canada (the book is worth buying just for Bess Walder's account of horror and redemption aboard the City of Benares), this is riveting.
Personally compelling and politically revealing
a remarkable story of determined, against-the-odds resistance...you have to search long and hard to find one with this kind of richness in the reporting and craftsmanship in the telling.
Praise for FINEST HOUR: 'Brilliant...should form part of the National Curriculum.'
The authors' approach has a warmth and immediacy about it which provides a clear but gripping view of Britain's darkest hour.
The survivors...have some first-class tales to tell. There's Peter Vaux, an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment who got lost behind enemy lines, and his story is so good that I won't spoil it for you. You'd have to be pretty brutalised not to be moved by it all...Perhaps it really was our finest hour.
Manages to construct the tale in such a way that it breaks free of the text-book approach...Compiled with a pace that could put a lot of thrillers to shame.