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Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life this summer – thanks to Christopher Nolan's blockbuster movie "Dunkirk".Korda was only 6-years-old at the time, living in London with his filmmaking family whose roots were in central Europe. Still, he was remarkably aware of events that propelled Europe into war.Family issues highlight some of the more fascinating dynamics in "Alone," but the book is first and foremost a riveting account of the fate of the 300,000-man British Expeditionary Force during its retreat toward the English Channel as German tanks overran Belgium and set their sights on Paris in a blitzkrieg that left France demoralized and prey to a wave of defeatism and recriminations.Korda likens the evacuation to a big lottery.Michael Korda's "Alone" is published by Liveright Publishing Co.
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