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"1940" is an enlightening book that holds up despite its age (it was published in 1966). Thompson does a superb job of presenting the year's events from the British point of view, and goes behind the scenes in British government to reveal how the change in leadership from Neville Chamberlain to Winston Churchill took place, and then evolved as France fell and the UK came under attack from the Luftwaffe. A good read on a pivotal moment in World War 2.