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Fateful Choices

Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941
Kershaw, Ian (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Fateful Choices


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In a mere nineteen months, from May 1940 to December 1941, the leaders of the world's six major powers made a series of related decisions that decided the course and outcome of World War II, cost the lives of millions, and profoundly shaped the course of human destiny from that point forward. How were these decisions made? What were the options facing these leaders as they saw them? What intelligence, right and wrong, did they have? What was the impact of personality, what that of larger forces? In a brilliant work with haunting contemporary relevance, Ian Kershaw tells the connected stories of these ten fateful decisions from the shifting perspectives of the protagonists, and in so doing rescues them from the sense of inevitability that now envelops them and restores to them a feeling of vivid drama and contingency-the feeling that things could have turned out very differently indeed. Each chapter follows the process of arriving at one decision, from the viewpoint of the leader who made it: Decision 1:May 1940. The British War Cabinet, driven by Churchill, agrees to fight on after the German blitzkrieg defeat of France, despite loud calls for negotiated settlement. Decision 2:Hitler decides to attack the Soviet Union. Decision 3:Japan decides to seize the "Golden Opportunity" and turn south, going after the colonial empires of the countries that have fallen to Hitler. Decision 4:Mussolini decides to join the war on Hitler's side to grab a share of the spoils. Decision 5:Roosevelt decides to lend a helping hand to England. Decision 6:Stalin decides he knows best and ignores all the clear signals that Germany is going to invade. Decision 7:Roosevelt decides to wage undeclared war. Decision 8:Japan decides to go to war against the United States. Decision 9:Hitler decides to declare war on the USA. Decision 10:Hitler decides to kill the Jews. Decision relates to subsequent decision, though never simply or necessarily as expected. The clash of personalities, the various weaknesses of the different political systems, the challenge of intelligence, the misdiagnosis of risk and possibility: all play their part. And after nineteen months, though much remained to be decided, the world's fate had been profoundly altered by these ten choices.
Authors: Kershaw, Ian
Title: Fateful choices
ten decisions that changed the world, 1940-1941
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Press,, 2007
Characteristics: xxv, 623 p. :,ill., maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ian Kershaw
Contents: London, spring 1940 : Great Britain decides to fight on
Berlin, summer and autumn 1940 : Hitler decides to attack the Soviet Union
Tokyo, summer and autumn 1940 : Japan decides to seize the "golden opportunity"
Rome, summer and autumn 1940 : Mussolini decides to grab his share
Washington, DC, summer 1940-spring 1941
Roosevelt decides to lend a hand
Moscow, spring-summer 1941 : Stalin decides he knows best
Washington, DC, summer-autumn 1941 : Roosevelt decides to wage undeclared war
Tokyo, autumn 1941 : Japan decides to go to war
Berlin, autumn 1941 : Hitler decides to declare war on the United States
Berlin/East Prussia, summer-autumn 1941 : Hitler decides to kill the Jews
ISBN: 1594201234
9781594201233
Branch Call Number: 940.5311 K41f 2007
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  • patrick1949 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a very good book, detailing the reasoning WHY certain decisions were made. Alternate history buffs will be frustrated...why did Japan not attack north, instead of going south...all answers are revealed. It is amazing how such vital decisions hinged on personality quirks, or Barbara Tuchman's concept of one mistaken decision leads to more..and more..and more.. Very good!

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