The following description comes from the event organizer.
No Peace with Hitler: Why Churchill Chose to Fight WWII Alone Rather than Negotiate with Hitler
In May 1940, Hitler had overrun all of Western Europe and was about to conquer France. Standing alone, Britain faced a bombing campaign from the Luftwaffe, followed by a likely German invasion. Yet Churchill resisted substantial pressure to commence peace negotiations with Hitler — a position that was described as “insane“ and “suicidal.“ No Peace with Hitler is the first book that focuses on what there was about Churchill that caused or allowed him to refuse to negotiate when there appeared to be no reasonable alternative. With insight from a psychiatrist, author Alan I. Saltman discusses Churchill’s upbringing, early career, and the key events leading to World War II. He also explores the unusual way that Churchill became prime minister and the dynamics within the British War Cabinet that resulted in its ultimately adopting Churchill’s no-negotiation position just two weeks later.
Following a brief lecture on the book, Saltman will take questions from OHS Boyle Family Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk and from the audience. Copies of the book will be available for sale in the OHS Museum Store.
Alan Saltman is a semi-retired corporate lawyer who for many years has been involved in complex litigation involving the federal government. After seeing the movie and reading Darkest Hour written by Anthony McCarten, he became intrigued with the issue that faced Winston Churchill in late May 1940 and decided to put his skills researching and writing briefs to the matter. Based on two and a half years of research and writing, this book tries to provide some answers. Saltman lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife Beryl. He has two sons and two grandchildren.