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Hitler's American Gamble

By: Brendan Simms,Charlie Laderman
Narrated by: Damian Lynch
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This gripping audiobook dramatises the extraordinarily compressed and terrifying period between the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour and Hitler's declaration of war on the United States. These five days transformed much of the world and have shaped our own experience ever since.

Simms and Laderman's aim in the audiobook is to show how this agonising period had no inevitability about it and that innumerable outcomes were possible. Key leaders around the world were taking decisions with often poor and confused information, under overwhelming pressure and knowing that they could be facing personal and national disaster. And yet, there were also long-standing assumptions that shaped these decisions, both consciously and unconsciously.

Hitler's American Gamble is a superb work of history, both as an explanation for the course taken by the Second World War and as a study in statecraft and political choices.

©2021 Brendan Simms and Charlie Laderman (P)2021 Penguin Audio
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  • 11-18-21

Axis hopes of success dashed

A revealing audiobook describing the much ignored events between 6 December and 11 December 1941. 7 December of course brought the Allies in to conflict with Japan at Pearl Harbour (though mostly USA) and then with the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, Britain. Behind the scenes the US and Britain were convinced that Germany was responsible for pushing Japan into the attack on Pearl Harbour, and thus began the conjuring of Churchill to entreaty Roosevelt to declare war on Germany as well as Japan; however, with regard to Germany, the US people did not wish to become embroiled in another European war and thus concentrate on Japan. What the book details is the lengthy struggles of US, Britain, Germany, Italy, Russia and Vichy France to reach what would be the inevitable entry of the USA in to a World War. The book also aligns the Jewish link, though this is not the focus of the publication. Excellent insight and an enjoyable listening experience