Listening to Britain: Home Intelligence Reports on Britain's Finest Hour - May to September 1940 - Edited by Paul Addison & Jeremy A. CrangLondon: The Bodley Head, 2010, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, a couple of very short closed tears. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Glossary; Maps ;
From the cover: “From May to September 1940, during a period that saw some of the most dramatic events in British history — the evacuation from Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the opening stages of the Blitz — the Ministry of Information compiled daily reports on the morale of the nation for circulation within Whitehall.
Covering all regions of the country and drawing on a wide range of informants — from the Mass-Observation social survey organisation to a network of contacts including chief constables, postal censors, doctors, parsons, publicans and trade unionists — the reports pieced together from these sources at great speed were by their very nature impressionistic, but provide us nonetheless with an illuminating record of people’s hopes and fears at this historic juncture.
They contain a wealth of fascinating information about the lighter and the darker aspects of life in Britain at the time — from rumours about German spies dressed as ‘hairy-handed nuns’ to concerns about anti-Semitism in the heavily-bombed East End of London.
Edited and introduced by two leading historians of the period and published here for the first time to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the events that Churchill described as Britain’s ‘finest hour’, the complete and unabridged sequence of the daily reports provides unique insight into the mindset of the British public as the fate of the nation hung in the balance.”