Taking London: Winston Churchill and the Fight to Save Civilization (Hardcover)

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From Martin Dugard, #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Bill O'Reilly's Killing series—with more than 12 million copies sold—comes a soaring account of England's desperate fight to fend off German invasion.

Great Britain, summer 1940. The Battle of France is over. The Battle of Britain is about to begin. Adolf Hitler’s powerful armies control Europe. England stands alone against this juggernaut, the whole world knowing it is only a matter of time before Nazi Germany unleashes its military might on the island nation. In London, a new prime minister named Winston Churchill is determined to defeat the Nazi menace, no matter the costs.
Luckily for Churchill, one quirky Englishman has seen the future. Air Vice-Marshall Hugh Dowding is head of the Royal Air Force Fighter Command. He has spent years preparing his nation's aerial defenses, utilizing the new technology of radar, training hundreds of hand-picked young pilots, and overseeing the design and purchase of the world's most up-to-date fighter aircraft. In time, the names "Spitfire" and "Hurricane" will become iconic, these airplanes synonymous with a David versus Goliath struggle between the RAF and German Luftwaffe. For the first time in history, the battlefield will not be land or water but entirely contested in the blue skies above. Nazi victory depends upon their overwhelming air power. The fate of not just the British people, but all of Western Civilization, hinges on a small group of elite pilots stopping this onslaught—a band of brothers who will go down in history as the Few.

Taking London puts the reader inside the action, telling the complex personal sagas of Churchill, Dowding, and legendary fighter pilots like Peter Townsend, Geoffrey Wellum, Richard Hillary, and American Billy Fiske, all set against the defiant backdrop of wartime London. Told in fast-paced, you-are-there fashion, this third book in the epic Taking series will have readers turning the pages late into the night.

About the Author

Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of several books of history, among them the Killing series, Into Africa, and The Explorers.

Praise For…

"Colorful, delightfully evocative, and filled with a cast of some of the greatest characters of the 20th century, Martin Dugard's new book is the closest you can get to London in 1940 without a time machine." —Garrett M. Graff, New York Times Bestselling author of The Only Plane in the Sky and UFO
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593473214
ISBN-10: 0593473213
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English