Appeasement is a groundbreaking history of the disastrous years of indecision, failed diplomacy and parliamentary infighting that enabled Hitler’s domination of Europe. Drawing on deep archival research and sources not previously seen by historians, Tim Bouverie has created an unforgettable portrait of the ministers, dukes and debutantes who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country’s policy and determined the fate of Europe.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
FTC disclosure: I would like to thank Penguin Random House for providing me with an advance reader copy via access to the galley for free through the First to Read program.
This was an excellent book. I’d recommend it to anyone.
I really appreciated the author, Tim Bouverie’s ability to write about what I feel are lesser known or lesser written bodies of work expanding and knack for condensing perspectives about the avoidance of war and the certain rationales behind historical events leading up to and through WWII.
He brought interesting viewpoints and several players into the discussion with support using a writing style that was straightforward, not fussy, and didn’t dance around with the topics themselves, though as far as timeline, it did jump around a bit at the beginning which made it a little harder for me to follow what the references were at first because I was less familiar, but it wasn’t too distracting, and got better throughout the book.
I enjoyed the depth and thoroughness of the subject matter and was glad to have read this book for my own satisfaction to understand the dynamics of British politics and conflict of interest at the time. I would like to see another work from the counterpart, oppositional viewpoints.