CLS is honored to host incredible historian and Sunday Times Best Seller, Tim Bouverie, for a riveting and topical discussion on his book, Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill, and the Road to War. A ground-breaking history of the key players of the time who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country’s policy and enabled Hitler’s domination of Europe. Both sweeping and intimate, it is not only an eye-opening history but a timeless lesson on the challenges of standing up to aggression and authoritarianism – and the calamity that results from failing to do so.
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Praise for Appeasement:
‘This is the debut of an unusually talented writer, one of the most promising young historians to enter our field for years’ – Max Hastings
‘This is well-paced narrative history: intelligent, lucid, riveting — even while possessing the terrible knowledge of what happened next.’ – New York Times
‘The best single account of what actions led the UK to fall into World War II” – General Jim Mattis
“A brilliant and sparkling debut that reads like a thriller. I couldn’t put it down.” – Peter Frankopan
About the Author:
Tim Bouverie is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Appeasement: Chamberlain, Hitler, Churchill and the Road to War. Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, Appeasement was praised by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as well as by Antony Beevor, Margaret Macmillan and Max Hastings. A Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s college, Oxford, Tim is now working on a sequel entitled Allies at War. During lockdown, unable to access archives, he wrote a short book on classical music, Perfect Pitch: 100 Pieces of Classical Music to bring Joy, Tears, Solace, Empathy & Inspiration.
About the Book:
On a wet afternoon in September 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain stepped off an airplane and announced that his visit to Hitler had averted the greatest crisis in recent memory. It was, he later assured the crowd in Downing Street, “peace for our time.” Less than a year later, Germany invaded Poland and the Second World War began.
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, aristocrats, and amateur diplomats who, through their actions and inaction, shaped their country’s policy and determined the fate of Europe.
Beginning with the advent of Hitler in 1933, we embark on a fascinating journey from the early days of the Third Reich to the beaches of Dunkirk. Bouverie takes us not only into the backrooms of Parliament and 10 Downing Street but also into the drawing rooms and dining clubs of fading imperial Britain, where Hitler enjoyed surprising support among the ruling class and even some members of the royal family.