On May 24, 1940, Hitler's armies were on the brink of a shattering military victory. Only 10 miles away, 400,000 Allied troops were pinned against the coast of Dunkirk. But just 11 days later, 338,000 men had been successfully evacuated to England. How did it happen? Walter Lord's remarkable account of how "the miracle of Dunkirk" came about is based on hundreds of interviews with survivors of all nations who fought among the sand dunes of northern France.
©1982 Walter Lord; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Walter Lord is a master of historical narration, compelling his reader to feel as if he were present...as a participant in the events described." (The Wall Street Journal)
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
Impressive story, one of the greatest of our time. But the book was a lot like the evacuation—jumbled, fractured, fragmented. There’s not much story here, meaning no context or theme, hardly nothing about how the evacuation fit in with the pre-Dunkirk machinations of war. Just plop there you are at the start of the evacuation, and the story is told in hundreds of little brief vignettes, related only because they were all in generally the same place. After a while they all just ran together.
The discussion about the boats. And mentioning that this was probably the first time in history that the civilians came to the aid of the army. Very astounding and chilling.
Not sure. But Mr. Cummings sounds like he was reading marketing material for a toothpaste commercial. Nice voice, wrong book.
Sometimes the author tells Jerry’s side, but only in small parts and it was not very effective or thorough, and sometimes confusing—the transitions were poorly done. I would have added more about the war strategy on both sides. The BEF didn't just suddenly appear in France. They had a mission.
Sorry I was disappointed, though I am a WWII book and podcast junkie.
History has all of the most amazing stories ever told. I do not read fiction.
Walter Lord does an impressive job of turning the facts and events of the Dunkirk evacuation into a cohesive, sequential story that finely balances relaying the individual experiences with the impersonal reciting of military maneuvers and strategies.Thoroughly researched there can be little doubt to the completeness of this narrative.
Also well done is the balance of telling the stories of the other armies involved; French, Belgian, and German activities are given due space so a complete picture is drawn and the book avoids being too tightly focused on just the British actions.
The only flaw in this audiobook is that the narration will sometimes jarringly change in volume - clearly separate recording sittings being combined mid-paragraph. Otherwise the performance is high quality an well suited to the material.
"My Father survived."
Brilliant book. Pity no English or British reader was available. This poor American chap struggled with pronunciation! Still a great read.
What is a story about Britishness and our spirit, courage and what it takes to wind us up. the Dunkirk spirit is our battle cry. so why did someone think is was a good idea to have a heavy accented american to read it, then realise halfway through to tone it down, that apart from the mispronunciations. how would an american feel about an an Blue Blood reading the story of the Alamo?
Not being an american!!!
No i was too put off by the reading
"Great story but little research on pronunciation ."
Thought the book was great but pronunciation of place names like Mar-git, Rams-git etc grated every time.
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