Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olson audiobook

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England

By Lynne Olson
Read by Dennis Kleinman

Tantor Audio 9780374179540

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781400170678

  • ISBN: 9781400170678

Runtime: 14.72 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

On May 7, 1940, the House of Commons began perhaps the most crucial debate in British parliamentary history. On its outcome hung the future of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government and also of Britain—indeed, perhaps, the world. Troublesome Young Men is Lynne Olson’s fascinating account of how a small group of rebellious Tory MPs defied the Chamberlain government’s defeatist policies that aimed to appease Europe’s tyrants and eventually forced the prime minister’s resignation.

Some historians dismiss the “phony war” that preceded this turning point as a time of waiting and inaction, but Olson makes no such mistake, and describes in dramatic detail the public unrest that spread through Britain then, as people realized how poorly prepared the nation was to confront Hitler, how their basic civil liberties were being jeopardized, and also that there were intrepid politicians willing to risk political suicide to spearhead the opposition to Chamberlain—Harold Macmillan, Robert Boothby, Leo Amery, Ronald Cartland, and Lord Robert Cranborne among them. The political and personal dramas that played out in Parliament and in the nation as Britain faced the threat of fascism virtually on its own are extraordinary—and, in Olson’s hands, downright inspiring.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Absorbing…Infused with the sense of urgency felt by the young Tories, Olson’s vivid narrative of a critical generational clash leaves the reader wondering what might have happened had they prevailed earlier on.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Lynne Olson

Author Bio: Lynne Olson

Lynne Olson worked for more than ten years as a journalist, including stints as Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. Four of her five books—all works of history—have dealt in some way with London during World War II. Among her titles are Last Hope Europe, A Question of Honor, Troublesome Young Men, Freedom’s Daughters, and the national bestseller Citizens of London. She has won the Christopher Award and has been shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.72
Audience: Adult
Language: English