Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought us Back from the Brink
From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, this is a cinematic, behind-the-scenes account of a crucial moment which takes us inside the mind of one of the world's greatest leaders - and provides a revisionist, more rounded portrait of his leadership.
May, 1940. Britain is at war, European democracies are falling rapidly and the public are unaware of th...more
The author gives us a short biography of Churchill, his glory and his horrible mistakes in WWI (think Gallipoli), errors which led many ...more
When we think of a strong leader we imagine them in control of their domain. What is truly remarkable about Winston Churchill is that heading into his darkest hour, he had to fight battles from all sides, obviously the German forces, but also from appeasers within his own party, Chamberlain and Halifax, and his early relationship with King George VI. This book tells the story of those relationships, his challenges and his uncertainties in superb detail which is wonderfully emotive.
The revelation of this book is that Ch ...more
Anthony McCarten's book is the basis for the new film on Churchill called "Darkest Hour" featuring Gary Oldman in the lead.
The book deals the first 25 days of Churchill's premiership in a concise and easy to read manner that keeps both the general reader and those that know the story interested.
McCarten covers ground already detailed by many authors, however the big difference is his interpretation of the cabinet minu ...more
The author provides the rea ...more
A brilliant performance of Gary Oldman, as usual.
“Churchill later said of the great task that had fallen upon him, namely to give a voice to the people of Britain, that it was they who ‘had the lion heart’ and he merely ‘had the luck to be called upon to give the roar. At this moment in the darkest hour, the roar had never been louder.”
This novel provides a fascinating and intricate insight into a pivotal period of Britain’s history. Covering only a limited part of Churchill’s leadership, the novel amazingly enough did not bore or lac ...more
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In the movie, Gary Oldman gives an excellent performance as Winston Churchill. Kristin Scott Thomas is perfect as his wife, Clementine. The film's pace keeps moving and doesn't get bogged down in too many details. It's quite a challenge to keep track of the names and positions of all those English politicians.
The book focuses more on Churchill's background and rise to power. Sometimes the book delves into minutiae ...more
I do have a couple of issues with it. The fictionalized bits were kind of weird. I mean, with all the quotes available, why speculate on a theoretical argument? I think it was done to prove a point, ...more
Author: Anthony McCarten
Publisher: Harper Perennial
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
What an enigma of a man! I watched the movie, The Darkest Hour, and was struck by how much I didn’t know about Winston Churchill. There were references in the movie about Churchill, his father and family that I wondered if they were matters of fact or fiction. Personally, I agree with the author that Churchill prepared for this mo ...more
Writing: 3.25; Use: 3.5; Truth 3.75.
Truth: 3.75 stars.
The proposition that Churchill wavered in his histrionic stance of "no surrender" in the face of the prospect of massive human lives lost is an important one. It shows he was human, and strengthens his eventual decision to fight on. This would certainly merit 4 stars for rare truth, but a book written just 2 years before this one—Never Surrender by John Kelly—already tells the tale. Kelly does not exposit this position as o ...more
Darkest Hour is a very intriguing book highlighting the first month of Winston Churchill’s prime ministership in May 1940 during the first year of World War 2. His rise to power coincided with the, then, lowest point for the British in the war — their main army was cornered in France after the all but certain devastating defeat of France and Belgium to Germany in a matter of weeks. Churchill faced the defeat of Britain’s most important ally, the po ...more
Here is what I mean: it is hard not to come ...more
A political chancer cast out into the outer dark through one too many gambles that had fallen through. An egomaniacal gloryhound. A man in love with language and the sound of his own rhetoric. Winston Spencer Churchill was the last, extraordinary, flourishing of the Victorians who, through the 1930s, looked like a man born out of his time, a man born too late to seize the glory that he most earnestly desire. And then history came to his rescue, and he came to the rescue of history. Carlyle's Gre ...more
At some point in time in the 1970S I had read Churchill’s memoris of WWII,the book I was reading was an abridgement of the six volumes of WWII and having a Wife,three Children and of course a job it took me about six months to read.
Reading “Darkest Hour” was much easier to read as it just d ...more
What we aren’t told often is about the human stories. We aren’t told how the famous ‘We will fight them on the beaches’ line came to being, we just know it in an almost Shakespearean way as with ‘once more into the bre ...more