24 August 1939: The fate of the world is hanging in the balance. Hitler has
ambitions to invade Poland and hopes Stalin will now help him. The West must try
to stop him. If they don't, world war will result.
In this dramatic account Richard Overy re-creates hour-by-hour the last days of
peace in 1939, as politicians and the public braced themselves for a war they
feared might spell the end of European civilization.
Nothing was predictable or inevitable. The West hoped that Hitler would see
sense if they stood firm. Hitler was convinced the West would back down. The one
constant feature was the determination