Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour

Random House #ad - Deeply human, brilliantly researched, and beautifully written,  Citizens of London is a new triumph from an author swiftly becoming one of the finest in her field. Praise for citizens of london“brilliantly bursting with beautiful prose, hung on by their eyelids, Olson flutters our hearts by capturing the essence of the public and private lives of those who faced death, touched the precipice, and saved the free world from destruction by the forces of evil.

Bill gardner, rivalries and dramas—both personal and political—about the us-british aliance in the World War II years, New Hampshire Secretary of State “If you don't think there's any more to learn about the power struggles, this book will change your mind—and keep you turning the pages as well.

Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour #ad - Jeff greenfield, senior political correspondent, CBS News “Three fascinating Americans living in London helped cement the World War II alliance between Roosevelt and Churchill. Engaging and original, rich in anecdote and analysis, this is a terrific work of history. Jon meacham, pulitzer prize–winning author of american lionthe acclaimed author of Troublesome Young Men reveals the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain, told from the perspective of three key American players in London: Edward R.

Ambassador to Britain. A triumph of research and storytelling,  Citizens of London is history on an intimate level. Walter isaacson, author of Einstein. Each man formed close ties with Winston Churchill—so much so that all became romantically involved with members of the prime minister’s family.


Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

Random House #ad - The scale of the organization she describes is breathtaking. The new york times book review“last hope island is a book to be welcomed, both for the past it recovers and also, quite simply, for being such a pleasant tome to read. The washington Post“A pointed volume. A groundbreaking account of how britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight.

Here we meet the courageous king haakon of norway, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose distinctive “H7” monogram became a symbol of his country’s resistance to Nazi rule, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. So, did general charles de Gaulle, too, the self-appointed representative of free France.

Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War #ad - As the only european democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island. Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven. In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian Lynne Olson takes us back to those perilous days when the British and their European guests joined forces to combat the mightiest military force in history.


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

Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - 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. A riveting history of the daring politicians who challenged the disastrous policies of the British government on the eve of World War IIOn 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.

Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England #ad - Some historians dismiss the "phony war" that preceded this turning point—from september 1939, when winston churchill became prime minister—as a time of waiting and inaction, but Olson makes no such mistake, Robert Boothby, Ronald Cartland, as people realized how poorly prepared the nation was to confront Hitler, to May 1940, how their basic civil liberties were being jeopardized, when Britain and France declared war on Germany, and describes in dramatic detail the public unrest that spread through Britain then, Leo Amery, and also that there were intrepid politicians willing to risk political suicide to spearhead the opposition to Chamberlain—Harold Macmillan, and Lord Robert Cranborne among them.


Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler

Random House #ad - Strong-willed, patriarchal society, and a lifelong rebel against her country’s conservative, independent, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was temperamentally made for the job. Both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her.

Now, her fellow citizens, in this dramatic account of the war that split France in two and forced its people to live side by side with their hated German occupiers, Lynne Olson tells the fascinating story of a woman who stood up for her nation, and herself. Fast-paced and impressively researched . France, slow to confront the stain of Vichy, would do well to finally honor a fighter most of us would want in our foxhole.

The new york Times Book Review. With this gripping tale, Lynne Olson pays Marie-Madeleine Fourcade what history has so far denied her. Although fourcade, constantly changing her hair color, moved her headquarters every few weeks, and identity, the mother of two young children, clothing, she was captured twice by the Nazis.

Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler #ad - The gestapo pursued them relentlessly, torturing, and executing hundreds of its three thousand agents, capturing, including Fourcade’s own lover and many of her key spies. The name marie-madeleine chose for herself was Hedgehog: a tough little animal, that, unthreatening in appearance, as a colleague of hers put it, “even a lion would hesitate to bite.

No other french spy network lasted as long or supplied as much crucial intelligence—including providing American and British military commanders with a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads on which the Allies would land on D-Day—as Alliance.


Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941

Random House #ad - New york times bestseller • named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review and kirkus reviewsfrom the acclaimed author of citizens of london comes the definitive account of the debate over American intervention in World War II—a bitter, sometimes violent clash of personalities and ideas that divided the nation and ultimately determined the fate of the free world.

Newspapers. At the same time, a covert british operation, spied on antiwar groups, dug up dirt on congressional isolationists, approved by the president, and planted propaganda in U. S. Roosevelt, meanwhile, authorized FBI wiretaps of Lindbergh and other opponents of intervention. The stakes could not have been higher.

. Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, those angry Days vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. While fdr, buffeted by political pressures on all sides, struggled to marshal public support for aid to Winston Churchill’s Britain, Lindbergh saw his heroic reputation besmirched—and his marriage thrown into turmoil—by allegations that he was a Nazi sympathizer.

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 #ad - In washington, a group of high-ranking military officers, including the Air Force chief of staff, worked to sabotage FDR’s pro-British policies. Their contest of wills personified the divisions within the country at large, and Lynne Olson makes masterly use of their dramatic personal stories to create a poignant and riveting narrative.

The conflict over intervention was, ” rife with chicanery and intrigue, as FDR noted, “a dirty fight, and Those Angry Days recounts every bruising detail.


A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II

Vintage #ad - During the battle of britain, but in a stunning twist at the war’s end, they downed more German aircraft than any other squadron, the Allies rewarded their valor by abandoning Poland to Joseph Stalin. Devoted to liberating their homeland, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, some would form the RAF’s 303 squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home.

A question of honor is the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war. After poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England.

A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II #ad - This moving, fascinating book uncovers a crucial forgotten chapter in World War II–and Polish–history. Their thrilling exploits and fearless flying made them celebrities in Britain, where they were “adopted” by socialites and seduced by countless women, even as they yearned for news from home.


The Murrow Boys: Pioneers in the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

#ad - All in their twenties and thirties, Murrow and the Boys who included William L. Description"the murrow boys" tells the story of the legendary band of correspondents who, under Edward R. A dramatic, exhilarating narrative that portrays exceptional lives against the tumultuous backdrop of the last half century, The Murrow Boys is both a powerful reminder of the possibilities of broadcast journalism and a sharp-eyed account of where the craft went wrong.

Murrow. Men of integrity all, ambition, great courage, but not without petty jealousies, intrigue, and yes, too. Morley safer"a greater appreciation of the glories of broadcasting can be gained by reading this book than by observing the reporting and interviewing styles of. Current news personalities. New york times"A book to savor.

The Murrow Boys: Pioneers in the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism #ad - Bookpage"consistently fascinating, The Murrow Boys is essential reading for anyone interested in broadcast journalism. Stanley cloud and lynne Olson give us a splendid sense of the professional heritage that broadcast journalists might someday reclaim. Dallas Morning News.


Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America

Random House #ad - We watch him delivering speeches to crowds who are desperate for a new leader. And as the war in vietnam threatens to overtake his presidency, we witness Johnson desperately struggling to compensate with ever more extravagant promises for his Great Society. The liberal and the conservative. On the other side of the country, ronald Reagan, a fading actor years removed from his Hollywood glory, gradually turns toward a new career in California politics.

And we see him wielding his well-honed instinct for timing, waiting for Johnson’s majestic promises to prove empty before he steps back into the spotlight, on his long journey toward the presidency. Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan both trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of modern America.

The washington Post   “Riveting. In the tumultuous days after the kennedy assassination, in turn, Johnson and Reagan each, seized the chance to offer the country a new vision for the future. Darman captures in full the personalities and motives of two of the twentieth century’s most consequential politicians.

Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America #ad - The new york times   “Novel and even surprising. Bringing to life their vivid personalities and the anxious mood of America in a radically transformative time, Darman shows how, in promising the impossible, Johnson and Reagan jointly dismantled the long American tradition of consensus politics and ushered in a new era of fracture.

History comes to life in Darman’s vivid, fly-on-the wall storytelling.


The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

Random House #ad - Named one of the best books of the year by the new york times book review • the economist • the christian science monitor • bloomberg Businessweek • The Globe and MailFrom the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

The war that ended peace brings vividly to life the military leaders, prime minister herbert asquith, and the extended, to stave off the coming chaos in his empire; in russia, tsar Nicholas II and his wife; in Britain, bankers, interrelated family of crowned heads across Europe who failed to stop the descent into war: in Germany, the mercurial Kaiser Wilhelm II and the chief of the German general staff, King Edward VII, diplomats, a man who tried, through sheer hard work, Von Moltke the Younger; in Austria-Hungary, and British admiral Jacky Fisher, politicians, Emperor Franz Joseph, the fierce advocate of naval reform who entered into the arms race with Germany that pushed the continent toward confrontation on land and sea.

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 #ad - The war that ended peace will certainly rank among the best books of the centennial crop. The economist   “Superb. The new york times book Review   “Masterly. Those looking to understand why World War I happened will have a hard time finding a better place to start. The christian science monitor   “The debate over the war’s origins has raged for years.

. Destined to become a classic in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, The War That Ended Peace enriches our understanding of one of the defining periods and events of the twentieth century.


A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II

Viking #ad - But she plunged back in, and led a victorious guerilla campaign, adamant that she had more lives to save, liberating swathes of France from the Nazis after D-Day. Based on new and extensive research, resistance, spycraft, Sonia Purnell has for the first time uncovered the full secret life of Virginia Hall--an astounding and inspiring story of heroism, and personal triumph over shocking adversity.

Virginia established vast spy networks throughout France, called weapons and explosives down from the skies, and became a linchpin for the Resistance. We must find and destroy her. The target in their sights was virginia hall, a Baltimore socialite who talked her way into Special Operations Executive, the spy organization dubbed Winston Churchill's "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II #ad - She became the first allied woman deployed behind enemy lines and--despite her prosthetic leg--helped to light the flame of the French Resistance, revolutionizing secret warfare as we know it. A new york times bestsellerchosen as a best book of the year by npr, bookbrowse, the new york public library, and the times of London“Excellent…This book is as riveting as any thriller, the Spectator, the Seattle Times, the Washington Independent Review of Books, and as hard to put down.

The new york times book review"a compelling biography of a masterful spy, and a reminder of what can be done with a few brave people -- and a little resistance. Npra never-before-told story of virginia Hall, the American spy who changed the course of World War II, from the author of Clementine. In 1942, the gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies.

A woman of no importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war.


Beyond the Tiger Mom: East-West Parenting for the Global Age

Tuttle Publishing #ad - Woven into this narrative are her reflections on teaching and parenting in locations that span the East and West. In this research-backed guide, she examines each of the "tiger mother" stereotypes and goes beneath the surface to discover what happens in Asian parenting households. How do asian parents think about childhood, family, or raise tech-healthy kids teaching your child to broaden his or her attention span finding the right balance between work and play, and education and what can Western parents learn from them? And what benefits does a traditional Western upbringing have that Asian parents, while including family time Helping your child see failure as a learning experience And many, may want to consider? Some of the takeaways of this parenting book include: The best of Asian parenting practices — such as how to teach children math, too, many more insights Each chapter offers interviews with hundreds of Asian parents and kids and ends with a "How To" section of specific tips for Asian and Western parents both to aid childhood education and development inside and outside the classroom.

In this book, thiagarajan synthesizes an extensive body of research on child education and Asian parenting both to provide accessible and practical guidelines for parents. How do asian parents prime their children for success from a young age by encouraging them to achieve academic excellence? Why do Asian kids do so well in math and science? What is the difference between an Asian upbringing and a Western one? These are just a few of the fascinating questions posed and discussed in Beyond the Tiger Mom, and mother, a captivating new book by educator, author, Maya Thiagarajan.