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Publisher's Note:  

A groundbreaking account of how Britain became the base of operations for the exiled leaders of Europe in their desperate struggle to reclaim their continent from Hitler, from the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days
 
When the Nazi blitzkrieg rolled over continental Europe in the early days of World War II, the city of London became a refuge for the governments and armed forces of six occupied nations who escaped there to continue the fight. So, too, did General Charles de Gaulle, the self-appointed representative of free France.     
 
As the only European democracy still holding out against Hitler, Britain became known to occupied countries as “Last Hope Island.” Getting there, one young emigré declared, was “like getting to heaven.”
 
In this epic, character-driven narrative, acclaimed historian 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. Here we meet the courageous King Haakon of Norway, whose distinctive “H7” monogram became a symbol of his country’s resistance to Nazi rule, and his fiery Dutch counterpart, Queen Wilhelmina, whose antifascist radio broadcasts rallied the spirits of her defeated people. Here, too, is the Earl of Suffolk, a swashbuckling British aristocrat whose rescue of two nuclear physicists from France helped make the Manhattan Project possible.
 
Last Hope Island also recounts some of the Europeans’ heretofore unsung exploits that helped tilt the balance against the Axis: the crucial efforts of Polish pilots during the Battle of Britain; the vital role played by French and Polish code breakers in cracking the Germans’ reputedly indecipherable Enigma code; and the flood of top-secret intelligence about German operations—gathered by spies throughout occupied Europe—that helped insure the success of the 1944 Allied invasion.   
 
A fascinating companion to Citizens of London, Olson’s bestselling chronicle of the Anglo-American alliance, Last Hope Island recalls with vivid humanity that brief moment in time when the peoples of Europe stood together in their effort to roll back the tide of conquest and restore order to a broken continent.



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Last Hope Island: How Nazi-Occupied Europe Joined Forces with Britain to Help Win World War II

by Lynne Olson

Review Date:
04/24/2017

Recommended Age:
21+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
******

Violence / Gore Rating:
*********

Sex / Nudity Rating:
***

Overall Review:  

Last Hope Island: How Nazi-Occupied Europe Joined Forces with Britain to Help Win World War II is a fascinating read. New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson draws from years of extensive research to share the successes and disasters of European collaboration during the Second World War. This compelling read is well-written and easy to follow, with pictures scattered throughout the book. Last Hope Island documents riveting and little known stories of heroism, from the daring work of the Allied resistance forces to the bold broadcasts from the BBC. Olson manages to remain objective in her reporting by also sharing tales of complete failure by governments and costly mistakes by high-ranking officials. Last Hope Island is a fantastic work that sheds light on contributions of other countries. This is a must-read for history fanatics. 

Review of an Advance Reader Copy


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 derogatory name; 3 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 1 f-word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; frequent secondhand reports of violence involving war, the Battle of Dunkirk, The Blitz, The Battle of Britain, Norway sea battle, torture, mass shootings, suicide, the Holocaust and concentration camps, air warfare, bombings, and murder; a few brief scenes of violence including people being shot at; an extended scene of violence involving battle; a few incidents of destruction of property with no casualties include the Norsk Hydro plant explosion and acts of sabotage; frequent non-detailed scenes of violence death include bombing and bomb explosions, mass shootings, and being burned alive; a few brief scenes of blood and gore involve a severed head; multiple brief scenes of intense violence include V2 rockets, the massacre of Oradour, the massacre at Lidice, the Polish uprising, the Paris uprising, and assassinations; a few extended scenes of intense violence involving experiences at concentration camps. 

Sex/Nudity:  A brief non-sexual depiction of nudity, when a character slips naked through a prison cell to escape; a few sexual references and implied occurrences of sexual activity involving mistresses, rape and "horizontal collaboration". 



Mature Subject Matter:  

War, battle, concentration camps, propaganda, suicide and attempted suicide, torture, mass executions, bombings, betrayal, retribution, enemy collaboration, spies, starvation, mention of rape, attempted assassinations.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Drinking and smoking are noted throughout the book. 



Reviewed By Rachel
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