• This is an energetic, ambitious, provocative work by a young historian of notable gifts, which deserves a wide readership

    Max Hastings, The Sunday Times
  • A gifted historian...he tells the big story well but also illustrates his themes with many small stories and appealing anecdotes.

    Peter Clarke, Financial Times
  • Todman explores every aspect of the British experience of the in telling detail and reliant on the records kept by a host of ordinary Britons as they came to terms with the events going on around them...what ordinary people thought about the time they were living through provides a texture and depth that older wartime narratives have often lacked.

    Richard Overy, Literary Review
  • [Dan Todman] has succeeded in creating something that adds to our perception of what happened during this critical period...It is a compliment to Todman that time and again in reading his book I found myself thinking that I wanted to know more about this or that aspect.

    David Aaronovitch, The Times
  • The first volume of Dan Todman's new history of Britain and the Second World War is a tour de force. Taking the story up to the end of 1941, Todman provides us with a judicious guide to the road to war and its catastrophic first phase, offering in addition a shrewd portrait of Churchill which is worth the price of the book alone. Total history at its best.

    Jay Winter, Yale University
  • Bold and breathtaking... I have never read a more daringly panoramic survey of the period...Todman has taken on a mammoth task but, at half-time, he shows every sign of completing it triumphantly.

    Jonathan Wright, Herald Scotland

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