ALL BEHIND YOU, WINSTON: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

ALL BEHIND YOU, WINSTON: Churchill's Great Coalition 1940-45

ROGER HERMISTON    Book Number: 83368    Product format: Hardback

"We shall go on and we shall fight it out, here or elsewhere, and if this long island story of ours is to end at last, let it end only when each one of us lies choking in his own blood upon the ground." - Churchill to his Cabinet, 28th May 1940. The new film Darkest Hour perfectly captures that very moment and indeed that line. This timely book contains the truth of Churchill's titanic historical reputation. On 14th May 1940, the Evening Standard published a cartoon with the caption "All Behind You, Winston." It showed Churchill, the freshly installed Prime Minister, rolling up his sleeves to confront the oncoming menace of Nazi Germany. In his wake, leading the endless ranks of the British people, marched the most prominent figures of his new coalition government. It was a potent expression of a moment when Britons of every class were truly all in it together. Neither Churchill nor the country would have prevailed but for the joint effort of this remarkable ministry of all talents. Indeed, without the vital support of the Labour Party and its leader Clement Attlee, Churchill might never have become Prime Minister at all. Roger Hermiston now tells the story of the men and women who steered Britain through its darkest hour, showing how they helped win the Second World War and laid the foundations of the New Jerusalem that followed. He explores the roles played by the mercurial newspaper magnet Lord Beaverbrook, the pugnacious trade union baron Ernest Bevin, Lord Woolton, the Minister for Food, and Sir John Anderson, one of the first people to contemplate the awful power of the atom bomb. Five years after that cartoon, Churchill predicted that history would shine a light on 'every helmet' of his 'great coalition'. As it was, many were forgotten and this book recovers their memory of those who put the country first. 406pp, 16 pages of photos.
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ISBN 9781781313312
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