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Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2018)

av Lynne Olson (Författare)

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History. Politics. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:A groundbreaking 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, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days
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 who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France.    
As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as Last Hope Island. Getting there, one young emigr declared, was like getting to heaven.
In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive H7 monogram became a symbol of his countrys resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible.
Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operationsgathered by spies throughout occupied Europethat helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion.  
A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olsons bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent.
Praise for Last Hope Island
In Last Hope Island [Lynne Olson] argues an arresting new thesis: that the people of occupied Europe and the expatriate leaders did far more for their own liberation than historians and the public alike recognize. . . . The scale of the organization she describes is breathtaking.The New York Times Book Review
Last Hope Island is a book to be welcomed, both for the past it recovers and also, quite simply, for being such a pleasant tome to read.The Washington Post
[A] pointed volume . . . [Olson] tells a great story and has a fine eye for character.The Boston Globe.
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Titel:Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War
Författare:Lynne Olson (Författare)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2018), Edition: Reprint, 576 pages
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Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War av Lynne Olson (2016)

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Loved this book. Learned a lot about some of the smaller countries in Europe who helped the Allies win. ( )
  franniepuck | May 7, 2023 |
Found this very interesting, having just read a book on SOE. Particularly interested in Shan Hackett's account of being given safety by the brave de Nooij sisters.
A helpful overview. ( )
  PGWilliams71 | Jan 31, 2021 |
A must read. The author does not like Britain too much. She allows for France to do quite well as an army, implying that the uk screwed her.
She does her work well, showing how 20 % of the RAF was Czech and Polish and how the Poles got an enigma machine. ( )
  annbury | Jul 18, 2019 |
LAST HOPE ISLAND, the seventh and latest book by award-winning journalist-turned-historian Lynne Olson, delves into hidden corners of WWII history. Each of the twenty-nine chapters is a stand-alone snippet focusing on one of the war's individual personalities, groups, or detailed topics of Great Britain and/or one of the occupied countries of Europe, my top three being:
Chapter 5: "Something Called Heavy Water"
Chapter 12: "Factions, Feuds, and Infighting"
Chapter 27: "A Collective Fault"
While the detached nature of each chapter allows for reading in convenient time blocks, it precludes the ability to see how each snippet fits into the overall history of the war, unless the reader is knowledgeable of WWII from other sources. Perhaps this is inevitable, or perhaps a result of the start-and-stop writing of the project over more than ten years, as mentioned in the author's note near the end of the book.
I'd recommend LAST HOPE ISLAND to readers who have previous knowledge of WWII and are looking for hidden details that are not in the books covering the war's "big picture." ( )
  Matt_Gianni | Jan 9, 2019 |
A fantastically written history of WWII that focuses on six European nations whose governments were forced into exile in Britain. Olson makes a chunky and complex history compulsively readable and highlights figures both well-known and less so and makes them fascinating. While I have a good general handle on the broad strokes of WWII, this highlighted groups like the Polish 303 squadron who were some of the most successful fighters in the Battle of Britain and highlighted just how brutal the repercussions were for the people of the Netherlands after the Battle of Arnhem. Highly recommended. ( )
  MickyFine | Aug 27, 2018 |
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For much of its long and fabled history, Britain has done its best to stay clear of Europe and its entanglements. (Introduction)
On a chilly April night in 1940, leading officials of the Norwegian government were invited to the German legation in Oslo for the screening of a new film.
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History. Politics. Military. Nonfiction. HTML:A groundbreaking 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, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days
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 who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France.    
As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as Last Hope Island. Getting there, one young emigr declared, was like getting to heaven.
In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive H7 monogram became a symbol of his countrys resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible.
Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operationsgathered by spies throughout occupied Europethat helped ensure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion.  
A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olsons bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent.
Praise for Last Hope Island
In Last Hope Island [Lynne Olson] argues an arresting new thesis: that the people of occupied Europe and the expatriate leaders did far more for their own liberation than historians and the public alike recognize. . . . The scale of the organization she describes is breathtaking.The New York Times Book Review
Last Hope Island is a book to be welcomed, both for the past it recovers and also, quite simply, for being such a pleasant tome to read.The Washington Post
[A] pointed volume . . . [Olson] tells a great story and has a fine eye for character.The Boston Globe.

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