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Michael Korda Alone

Michael Korda ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY is Korda’s latest in a long line of successful books. Mr. Korda is my guest on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show .

Michael Korda once said: “Some people are so famous that the legends about them and the cultural aftermath of their life altogether obscure the real human being.” I doubt he was talking about himself when he made the statement, but it is fair to make it today. Korda, is in a word, a legend in his own time. The best-selling author of a host of books that include HERO, CLOUDS OF GLORY, and the extraordinary CHARMED LIVES, Korda has witnessed many remarkable events in the 20th century, not to mention edited presidents, world figures, and newsmakers during his esteemed tenure at Simon & Schuster.

Born in London, Korda is the son of English actress Gertrude Musgrove, and the Hungarian Jewish artist and film production designer Vincent Korda. He is the nephew of film magnates Sir Alexander Korda and brother Zoltan Korda. Korda grew up in England but received part of his education in France. As a child, Korda also lived in the United States from 1941 to 1946. He was schooled at private schools in Switzerland and read History at Oxford. He served in the Royal Air Force doing intelligence work in Germany. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his participation in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

But it is his witness to history as a young boy, as a bystander across the Channel coming of age in the heady, confusing, exciting, terrifying early days of World War II that serves as the backdrop of his latest book, ALONE: BRITAIN, CHURCHILL, AND DUNKIRK: DEFEAT INTO VICTORY that is a stunning, eye-opening, heart-warming, recounting of a world going mad and the figures and consequences of Hitler’s blitzkrieg into Belgium, France, and the Netherlands in May of 1940.

Michael Korda ALONE, his life, publishing career, the state of the book business, Hollywood and more. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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