The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

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The Battle of Dunkirk, in May/June 1940, is remembered as a stunning defeat, yet a major victory as well. The Nazis had beaten back the Allies and pushed them across France to the northern port of Dunkirk. In the ultimate race against time, more than 300,000 Allied soldiers were daringly evacuated across the Channel. This moment of German aggression was used by Winston Churchill as a call to Franklin Roosevelt to enter the war. Now, historian Joshua Levine explores the real lives of those soldiers, bombed and strafed on the beaches for days on end, without food or ammunition; the civilians whose boats were overloaded; the airmen who risked their lives to buy their companions on the ground precious time; and those who did not escape.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062740304
Characteristics: 354 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 21 cm


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Oct 03, 2017

Prior to viewing a movie on a historical event, I quite often like to read the book with the same title. Joshua Levine’s book Dunkirk was a must read. As I started reading I soon discovered that this book was nothing but a book of quotes and stories by many that had experienced the evacuation from Dunkirk. The author did nothing more than a cut and paste these stories together into a book with inadequate structure to relate them to the history of the event.
I didn’t expect the book to critique the making of the movie. The book title infers the ‘History Behind’ the film. I would have expected more history in his writing validated by necessary quotes from the individuals. I made it through three or four chapters when I had enough. It wasn’t going to get any better.


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