Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War
An engrossing account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler.
When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations — Belgium, Holla...more
We’ve all read umpteen books on the Second World War, fiction as well as non-fiction. This book still gave me information I hadn´t been aware of before. It focuses on the nations of Western Europe which were occupied by Germany. By 1940, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland were occupied. Welcomed by Churchill, the leaders of these countries found a home in Britain; Britain became the seat of the ...more
Britain was standing alone against Hitler's armies and I expected that this book would be specific to the courage and grit of the British people. But Olson took another tack and instead told the story of the leaders and people of the countries being overrun by the Nazis (France, Poland, Nor ...more
The worst of these cases was Poland, which made enormous contributions (solving Enigma, pilots staving off Hitler's attack on London, intelligence vital to D-Day, and delaying the V1/V2 rockets) and was then given to Stalin. I have always revered Churchill, but Olson put ...more
May, 1940: Hitler has launc ...more
The publication date for Last Hope Island is slated f ...more
This is my first Lynne Olson book and I was very impressed how the disparate stories of the various nations were covered in some detail without becoming tedious to read.
There's a number of amusing anecdotes along the way and some great insight into the tensions and viewpoints of the complex personalities involved.
Well worth a read.
Many thanks to netgalley for the review copy.
And those stories are riveting. The Earl of Suffolk risking his life to keep the nuclear bomb out of Hitler's hands; the BBC foreign service keeping hope alive all over the continent with their nightly broadcasts; S ...more
Still, this book has slightly odd shifts in tone. It's a little like two different books mashed together. The author, in her afterword, says this ...more
This book doesn't go into super deep details - it's only 478 pages of text - but it does given a good description of the roles that the other Allied forces played in t ...more
The core of the book is the role of Britain as a haven for the outcasts of Europe during Hitler's conquest of the continent. Those outcasts ranged from royalty to fishermen, from fighting men of conquered coun ...more
Last Hope Island is a big, thick, meticulously researched WW2 goldmine!
I have read obsessively and extensively about WW2 throughout my life and can honestly say that it is a rarity when I come across a book that has more information that I don't know, than information that I do.
Almost everything in this book was new to me and described with such delicious, satisfying detail that I just - Gah! I loved it!
I learned about the politics, military power, and the col ...more
She introduces us to the heads of European states who fled Hitler to establish their countries' governments in London. We see how and why these leaders escaped from the Nazis instead of staying home and suffering with their countrymen, and how, despite their refugee status, they became heroes. Interestingly, on the other hand, Leopold of Belgium, decided not to flee to London, but to stay in Belgium to fight the Nazis. He is ...more
The takeaway? Everybody kowtowed to Stalin in order to defeat Hitler and they sacrificed Poland and Czechoslovakia to do it.
King Hakkon and Queen Wilhelmina are revealed as real heroes. But there are dozens of Poles, French, British, and Dutch hero ...more
From the outset refugees from all nations flocked to Great Britain. As early as 1940, well over 100,000 continental exiles had taken up residence in Lon ...more
Olson just has ...more
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