Last Hope Island

Last Hope Island

Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

Book - 2017
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"When the Nazi Blitzkrieg subjugated Europe in World War II, London became the safe haven for the leaders of seven occupied countries--France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Norway, Czechoslovakia and Poland--who fled there to avoid imprisonment and set up governments in exile to commandeer their resistance efforts. The lone hold-out against Hitler's offensive, Britain became a beacon of hope to the rest of Europe, as prominent European leaders like French general Charles De Gaulle, Queen Wilhelmina of Holland, and King Haakon of Norway competed for Winston Churchill's attention while trying to rule their embattled countries from the precarious safety of 'Last Hope Island."
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2017, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812987164
Branch Call Number: 940.534 OLSON


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Sep 09, 2019

War is atrocious, and this book makes WWII the most fascinating war event to me, repercussions long last and positivities forced out. More than a few occasions where I embraced the idea how humanity could benefit from an unfortunate warfare.
Numerous figures, facts, stories, spectacles, turmoils, twists... of which I’d heard little until now, complex, but never confusing.
Main structure is chronological, with jump forward and repeat echoing inserted opportunely to make it more interesting and better understood.

May 24, 2019

focuses on the govt's in exile in england in ww2 and how they helped the war effort from afar.

Sep 08, 2018

Personally I by far prefer Citizens of London. Great read & audio also.

Mar 15, 2018

Outstanding, easy-to-read narrative of the involvement of of the European countries overrun by the Germans in WWII. I have been a great admirer of Winston Churchill. However, this books describes some of his actions which may have been less than honorable, but were probably necessary given the context of the extreme pressure he was under. The descriptions of the resistance and intelligence-gathering of the occupied nations are tremendous. We owe a lot to the many brave men and women who risked everything they had, including their families, to help defeat the Nazi tyranny. A truly inspirational book!

Jan 14, 2018

A thrilling history, detailed yet very readable, of the combined Allied effort against Germany, based in Great Britain and extending to the occupied countries. Has stunning revelations into the dark side of many of our heroes -- including Americans. Especially sad was the West's abandonment of Poland and Czechoslovakia, two countries that had suffered most because they were caught between the Soviets and the Nazis, to the Russians at the end of the war, to endure even more suffering and privation. Really tragic. I'm going to read all of Lynne Olson's books.

Aug 26, 2017

One of the best "behind the scene" book I have read. Highly recommend.

Aug 21, 2017

Even though I have read extensively about WWII, especially the European Theater, I was pleasantly surprised to discover many stories and events about which I had no previous knowledge. I had never read about the governments in exile to the extent with which they are detailed in this marvelous book. The bibliography has generated numerous additions to my list to be read. I found this a unique aspect of WWII for me and perhaps for many. MI6 and undercover efforts are not depicted as the total success that is often highlighted. I learned of many important individuals who are often simply footnotes in WWII history. This is a great book in itself and because it generates the desire to know more about the events and people it describes. Highly recommend!!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

I love reading about world war two, and this book is one of the best out there period. It tells the story like no other author ever did.

May 20, 2017

Excellent book. Well-written and organized. Should be required reading for all history majors. The British perspective gives Americans a new view of FDR.

May 14, 2017

I found this to be a very interesting book regarding an aspect of WWII that is rarely covered. When we think of the allies, we think of England, Russia and the US. Yet there were many governments in exile, clinging to hope in England during the war. The author did an excellent of covering their experience and gives much detail on the resistance effort (warts and all) that went on in the occupied countries. I highly recommend this book.


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