Lynne Olson Set to Discuss Her New Book, Troublesome Young Men
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April 13, 2009
Author and historian Lynne Olson discusses her new book Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England on Monday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
On May 7, 1940, the House of Commons began perhaps the most crucial debate in British parliamentary history. At stake was the future of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s government and also of Britain itself. Troublesome Young Men is Lynne Olson’s account of how a small group of rebellious Tory MPs defied the Chamberlain government’s defeatist policies that aimed to appease Europe’s dictators and eventually forced the prime minister’s resignation.
Some historians dismiss the “phony war” that preceded this turning point -- from September 1939, when Britain and France declared war on Germany, to May 1940, when Winston Churchill became prime minister -- as a time of waiting and inaction, but Olson makes no such mistake.
She describes in dramatic detail the public unrest that spread through Britain then, as people realized how poorly prepared the nation was to confront Hitler, how their basic civil liberties were being jeopardized, and also that there were intrepid politicians willing to risk political suicide to spearhead the opposition to Chamberlain.
Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.