Books: The Web & the Weaver

THEIR FINEST HOUR (751 pp.)—Winston S. Churchill—Houghton Mifflin ($6).

"The elimination of the French Navy [at Oran, Alexandria and Dakar] . . . produced a profound impression in every country. Here was this Britain which . . . strangers had supposed to be quivering on the brink of surrender . . . striking ruthlessly at her dearest friends of yesterday . . . It was made plain that the British War Cabinet feared nothing and would stop at nothing,"

In these words, the man who made British determination plain to the world strikes the...

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