Last Hope Island

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51T8RknOy-L._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Fans of Lynne Olson books (“Citizens of London,” among others) will devour her latest, “Last Hope Island,” on how London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of seven occupied nations that were overrun by the Nazi blitzkrieg in the early days of World War II – before the U.S. had entered the war. Britain was “their last hope.” Wonderful stories of Queen Wilhelmina rallying the Dutch with her antifascist radio broadcasts, King Haakon of Norway and his H7 monogram that became a symbol of his country’s resistance, the role of the skilled Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain, and Charles DeGaulle persuading Churchill to recognize him as the leader of Free France. Plus cracking the German Enigma code and intelligence operations that contributed to the success of the Allied invasion.

Ken Roman

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