The Gathering Storm / Edition 1

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The step-by-step decline into war, with Churchill becoming prime minister as "the tocsin was about to sound."

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"It is our immense good fortune that a man who presided over this crisis in history is able to turn the action he lived through into enduring literature." The New York Times
Forbes Magazine
John Keegan, eminent military historian (disclosure: he has contributed to our sister publication, American Heritage), has put together a brief biography that masterfully covers nearly all aspects of Churchill's illustrious career with knowledgeable insight and sympathy. Keegan writes with a sure hand of Churchill's remarkable military exploits, from his adventures in Cuba in the mid-1890s to his leadership of Britain during World War II. He fully displays the motive power of Churchill's magnificent writings and speeches, and leaves us awestruck by Churchill's strength of will throughout a lifetime of often debilitating illnesses and physical infirmities, as well as shattering career setbacks. Keegan's judgments are for the most part just, although many are debatable. He also gives proper recognition to Churchill's wife, Clementine. (2 Mar 2002)
—Steve Forbes
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395410554
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Series: Second World War Series, #1
  • Edition description: None
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 240,520
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) has been called by historians "the man of the twentieth century." Prime Minister of Great Britain (1940-1945), Churchill won the Nobel prize for literature in 1953.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The damage that was done by disarmenment treaties and peace movements

    I just began reading the works of Sir Winston S Churchill and I find that this man possessed an uncanny form of insight and profound knowledge of events that were surrounding him and the nation he served. If this man held the position of prime minister of Britain from say, 1935 onwards I doubt Hitler would have been able to mass his army of world conquest!....This book is a must read for all people who are interested in the series of events and miscalculations that brought forth the second world war !....

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Beautiful work.

    This is a beautiful synthesis of an age gone by. This book made me cry and laugh at the solemn passages and dark humor. Many parallels are found within these pages, connecting yesterday and today.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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