Lynne Olson - Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War
In a series of books including Troublesome Young Men, Citizens of London, and Those Angry Days, Olson, a former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun, has chronicled the evolution of the Allied forces, detailing the complex political maneuvering that brought it to fruition. Her new history focuses on Britain during the months the German blitzkrieg subdued much of Europe. The eponymous “Last Hope Island,” Britain was a refuge for the governments of Norway, the Netherlands, France, and other occupied nations. There the exiled leaders planned military strategy and rallied citizens with antifascist radio broadcasts. Later, Polish pilots proved invaluable during the Battle of Britain and French codebreakers helped crack the Enigma. It was a time, Olson shows, when Europeans truly pulled together as one.