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The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm
     

The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm

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by Winston S. Churchill
 
One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston's Churchill's monumental The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Told through the eyes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, The Second World War is also the story of one nation's singular, heroic role in the

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One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston's Churchill's monumental The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Told through the eyes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, The Second World War is also the story of one nation's singular, heroic role in the fight against tyranny. Pride and patriotism are evident everywhere in Churchill's dramatic account and for good reason. Having learned a lesson at Munich that they would never forget, the British refused to make peace with Hitler, defying him even after France had fallen and after it seemed as though the Nazis were unstoppable. Churchill remained unbowed throughout, as did the people of Britain in whose determination and courage he placed his confidence. Patriotic as Churchill was, he managed to maintain a balanced impartiality in his description of the war. What is perhaps most interesting, and what lends the work its tension and emotion, is Churchill's inclusion of a significant amount of primary material. We hear his retrospective analysis of the war, to be sure; but we are also presented with memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams that give a day-by-day account of the reactions-both mistaken and justified-to the unfolding drama. Strategies and counterstrategies develop to respond to Hitler's ruthless conquest of Europe, his planned invasion of England, and his treacherous assault on Russia. It is a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions that have to be made with imperfect knowledge and an awareness that the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The Gathering Storm is the first volume of The Second World War. In some ways a continuation of The World Crisis, Churchill's history of World War I, The Gathering Storm is his attempt to come to grips with the terrible circumstances that gave rise to Nazi Germany and a second, even more destructive world conflict.

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395075371
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
12/01/1948

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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