Appeasing Hitler

Appeasing Hitler

Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War

Summary

** SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER **
'Astonishing' ANTONY BEEVOR
'One of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years' MAX HASTINGS



A thrilling new history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler and the Nazis to dominate Europe.

On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Neville Chamberlain stepped off an aeroplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, 'peace for our time'. Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.

Drawing on previously unseen sources, Appeasing Hitler sweeps from the advent of Hitler in 1933 to the beaches of Dunkirk, and presents an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, aristocrats and amateur diplomats whose actions and inaction had devastating consequences.

'Brilliant and sparkling . . . Reads like a thriller. I couldn't put it down' Peter Frankopan

'Vivid, detailed and utterly fascinating . . . This is political drama at its most compelling' James Holland

'Bouverie skilfully traces each shameful step to war . . . in moving and dramatic detail' Sunday Telegraph

Reviews

  • Appeasing Hitler is an astonishingly accomplished debut. Bouverie writes with a wonderful clarity and we will no doubt hear a lot more of his voice in future
    Antony Beevor

About the author

Tim Bouverie

Tim Bouverie read history at Christ Church, Oxford. From 2013-2017 he was a political journalist at Channel 4 News, where he worked alongside Michael Crick, as his producer, and covered all major political events, including both the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and the EU Referendum. He regularly reviews history and politics books, and has written for the Spectator, Observer and Daily Telegraph. He has also for the last five years worked at the Chalke Valley History Festival as an interviewer.
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