By Edward Stourton
Auntie’s battle is a love letter to radio. whereas those have been the years whilst 'Auntie' – the BBC's enduring nickname - earnt her acceptance for bossiness, they have been additionally a interval of really outstanding voices: Churchill’s combating speeches, de Gaulle’s declares from exile, J. B. Priestley, Ed Murrow, George Orwell, Richard Dimbleby and Vera Lynn. Radio provided an incomparable device for propaganda; it was once how coded messages, either political and private, have been despatched throughout Europe, and it used to be a way of sending under fair info to the enemy. even as, eyewitness stories gave a voice to each person, securing the BBC’s popularity as trustworthy purveyor of the truth.
Edward Stourton is a sharp-eyed, wry and affectionate better half at the BBC’s wartime trip, investigating documents, diaries, letters and memoirs to ascertain what the BBC was once and what it stood for. filled with mind-blowing, little-known incidents, battles with Whitehall warriors and Churchill himself, and with a forged of fabulous characters, Auntie’s battle is way greater than a portrait of a liked establishment at a severe time. it's also a special portrayal of the British in wartime and an incomparable perception into why we've the published tradition we do today.
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Auntie's War: The BBC during the Second World War by Edward Stourton