A Mail on Sunday book of the year.
In 1940, Europe was on the brink of collapse. Country after country had fallen to the Nazis, and Britain was known as `Last Hope Island', where Europeans from the captive nations gathered to continue the war effort.
In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian and New York Times-bestselling author 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.
From the Polish and French code breakers who helped crack Enigma, to the Czech pilots who protected London during German bombings, Olson tells the stories of the courageous men and women who came together to defeat Hitler and save Europe.
Lynne Olson is the former White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. In addition to 2010's Citizens of London, she is most recently the author of Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's fight over WWII 1939-1941. She is also the author of Troublesome Young Men: the rebels who brought Churchill to power and helped save England and Freedom's Daughters: the unsung heroines of the civil rights movement from 1830 to 1970, and is a co-author of two other books.