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The long road to victory

The Second World War offered Britain the chance to imagine an egalitarian future, says Lara Feigel

By Lara Feigel   August 2016

Britain’s War: Into Battle, 1937-41 by Daniel Todman (Allen Lane, £30) 

In August 1941, Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt met on the Prince of Wales in the middle of the Atlantic to determine whether the United States was going to help Britain win the war. During the voyage, Churchill had prepared by reading the heroic naval exploits of Captain Horatio Hornblower in a novel by CS Forester, while eating caviar that Roosevelt’s emissary had brought from Moscow. Both leaders had high…

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