Last Hope Island

Coming April 2017

“This is a wonderful work of history, told in Olson’s trademark style.”
–Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author

From the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Those Angry Days, a groundbreaking account of how Britain abandoned its centuries-old aloofness from Europe to welcome to its shores the exiled leaders and people of the European countries vanquished by Hitler… |Read more

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“Lynne Olson is a master storyteller.”
—Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Being Nixon

Lynne Olson is a New York Times bestselling author of seven books of history, most of which deal in some way with World War II and Britain’s crucial role in that conflict. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has called Olson “our era’s foremost chronicler of World War II politics and diplomacy.”

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King Haakon Fights Back - One of the many pleasures of writing Last Hope Island was exploring the lives of its large cast of characters, from royals and generals  to spies and saboteurs. I was particularly intrigued by the two kings — Haakon of Norway and Leopold of Belgium — and one queen — Wilhelmina of the Netherlands — who […]
Britain Under Siege - This 1942 map of German-occupied Europe (with Allied countries in red and German-controlled-or-influenced countries in blue) dramatically depicts how isolated Britain was in the early years of World War II and how perilously close to its shores the Nazi threat had come. When war was officially declared in September 1939, the conflict in Europe still […]

Lynne Olson’s Books

Lynne Olson is the New York Times bestselling author of Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, and Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest Hour. Among her five other books is Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England. | View All

Those Angry Days BookCitizens of London BookTroublesome Young Men Book