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DUNKIRK: FIGHT TO THE LAST MAN
The greatest achievement of Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s Dunkirk: Fight To The Last Man is the masterly way he brings a wealth of fresh revelation and detail to the most familiar tale, and tells a searing story. It is both meticulous military history and a deeply moving testimony to the extraordinary personal bravery of individual soldiers.
This book is a marvellous tribute to these men who helped create a legend.
The Daily Telegraph
Sebag-Montefiore tells it with gusto, a remarkable attention to detail and an inexhaustible appetite for tracking down the evidence…The sense of confusion, anxiety, uncertainty and intrepid courage which characterised this disastrous campaign is captured more successfully than in any other existing account. The strength of Sebag-Montefiore’s book rests on the accounts of those who fought. These are poignant in the extreme.
Sebag-Montefiore’s book is a narrative triumph. I have not read a better account of many modest actions – today forgotten, as all defeats are – in which British soldiers fought painfully and hard to check the German tide. The author has brought together scores of personal accounts to impressive moving effect…The book is full of good stories, not least that of German soldiers dozing in a captured French bunker beside the Meuse, who seized their weapons on hearing footsteps outside. Instead of an armed enemy, they met a stunning French woman swathed in furs and scent who had come to visit her French lover. A German officer described her interrogation: ‘She began to laugh at her predicament, and so did we. She had ended up with 25 soldiers instead of the one she had been expecting, and she certainly had more balls than her Frenchman who had fled.’
A tour de force…Sebag-Montefiore’s book reads like a thriller.
Mail On Sunday
Several fine books have been written about...(Dunkirk), but none better than this.
Sebag-Montefiore’s level of detail, knowledge and compassion shows that for readable wartime history, you can’t just leave it to Holmes and Beevor.
Gripping narrative, at times both exhilarating and painful,…illuminating…(and) vivid.
Definitive account of the disastrous campaign.
PRESS OUTSIDE UK
New York Times
Dunkirk (is) first-rate panoramic history, (a)…highly affecting worm’s eye account of Britain’s absolutely all-time favourite disaster.
New York Sun
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore has written the definitive account of Dunkirk…Several fine books have been written about it, but none better than this…(His) book is well judged and fascinating.
The New York Review
Few readers could fail to be gripped by Dunkirk’s combination of enthralling narrative and first hand testimony…The greatest strength of this book – greater even than its excellent maps and detail-rich notes – is the extent to which the author allows the diaries, letters and memoirs of contemporaries to speak for themselves.
Boston Sunday Globe
The author’s exhaustive research enables him to offer a rich narrative of this important story.
Sebag-Montefiore (gives)…readers a feel for what it was like to be in the British front line as the great events were unfolding.
Hugh Sebag-Montefiore…has written a fascinating and finely detailed account.
International Herald Tribune
This is a large, successful reconstruction, full of details, properly larded with multiple reminiscences of men who were there. Many people ought to read Dunkirk beyond those interested in the military history of World War 2 – for whom it is a must. The strength of the book is Sebag-Montefiore’s magisterial account of the rearguard battles: how the British Expeditionary Force struggled and fought its way back to Dunkirk.
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