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Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War

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A gripping new history of the British appeasement of the Third Reich in the lead up to World War II

On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped off a plane and prepared to address the crowd of journalists, Cabinet Ministers and well-wishers waiting at Heston airfield. Chamberlain had just returned from Munich, where he had averted the
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Bodley Head
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Susan
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Bouverie has a background in journalism and, although this is his first book, I hope very much that it is not his last. In this title, Bouverie takes us from 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor, through to the Phoney War. He also uses many contemporary sources, to make the story feel more immediate, as well as covering not only the main players in events, but those who witnessed events – ambassadors, politicians, family members, translators and others, who all help to fill in the picture of ...more
Marks54
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Bouverie has written a new history of Appeasement - the particular case of English relations with Germany from Hitler’s rise to power until the outbreak of WW2. When I saw this book, my first reaction was to wonder why a new history was needed. Perhaps because the word in its reference to dealings with dictators has come to expand in scope and thus lose much of its meaning. OK, I get that. Mr. Bouverie helps to clarify the original situation and in doing so provides a detailed look at the di ...more
Bob H
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, holocaust
A powerful and intriguing book by a new historian, with a new and well-researched look at a dark time in Europe's history. Mostly from the British point of view, it covers not just the infamous September 1938 Munich summit but the period from the accession of Hitler in January 1933 to the fall of Neville Chamberlain in May 1940. There's a host of vivid characters, drawn in a compelling manner: Chamberlain, Stanley Baldwin (the preceding PM), Duff Cooper, Anthony Eden, Hitler, Ribbentrop (ambassa ...more
Paul
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics
Appeasing Hitler – A terrific book that reminds us who the Guilty people were

When appeasement finally failed, my Grandfather and his countrymen found out what happens when politicians let the people down. He was with the 8th Engineers trying to stop the Nazi invasion of Poland alongside other soldiers, awaiting help that never came from their allies in Britain and France.

When Neville Chamberlain came back from Munich waving a piece of paper declaring ‘peace in our time,’ having already Czechoslo
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Gram
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A comprehensive and eminently readable account of the failure of Britain's politicians and diplomats to prevent the domination of Europe by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime.
This is a brilliant debut by former political journalist, Tim Bouverie, detailing the rise of Hitler from the early 1930's to the fall of France in the summer of 1940. He examines every aspect of Britain's repeated attempts to satisfy Hitler's growing demands to extend Germany's power in Central Europe.
As early as 1933, Brita
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Jim Razinha
This might be my last review of a book received through the discontinued Penguin Books First to Read program. I requested 29 since 2015 and was selected for 19 (I might read one more that I was not selected for, thus the "might") and I appreciate the opportunities.

Bouverie has composed an incredibly thorough relation of a narrow history of a particular time for a particular country, and particular players and their particularly disastrous choices of action. His political journalist chops are app
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Carlos
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Appeasing Hitler is a very well written book. The main goal is to explain the broad political context of the appeasement movement and it does I fine job in that. Most interestingly, it shows that appeasement escalated continuously and the first step was the feeble reaction of France and England to the italian invasion of Abyssinia. This book seems to be almost an answer to Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister: it shows Chamberlain as a weak and naive character. Th ...more
Jason Wilson
In the second of the Lord of the Rings films king Theoden is trying to avoid war only to be bluntly told that war is here whether he will or no. Clearly the run up to WW2 was in Tolkien’s mind as the source trilogy was written.

This is a useful account : there are many reasons why we did not initially want to oppose Germany . The horror of the First World War, the fact that we thought Hitler might smash communism for us, the under estimation of the threat , and lingering institutional anti semit
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Jill Elizabeth
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fascinating look at a small window in time that was probably one of the most pivotal of the twentieth century... Bouverie does a marvelous job at parsing out the various elements that led up to WWII and the expansion of authoritarianism in Western Europe. The book is a perfect blend of narrative and detail, exploring the rationales behind the various political perspectives and how a series of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and missteps brought the world into another war in such a ...more
Bob Duke
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Worth reading. The ghost of Chamberlain is raised every time some political leader wishes to engage in a military adventure. From this book is arguable that Chamberlain should not have appeased Hitler but those who did where in favour of appeasement were not all crypto Nazis. They had a genuine fear of the horrors of war. However not opposing Hitler lead to greater horrors. This does not mean that opposing military action is wrong. Each case needs to be taken on its merits. I do fear that Chambe ...more
Norma
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a very interesting read. If you're interested in history, this is a book you should read.
Nigel
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing read
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Excellent read, compelling. Raced through it, I highly recommend it to anyone.
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Tim Bouverie is the author of 'Appeasing Hitler: 'Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War' / 'Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill and the Road to War' (UK/US).

Previously a political journalist for Channel 4 News, he covered all major political events between 2013 and 2017, including two general elections and the EU Referendum.

He regularly reviews history and politics books, and has writ
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