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The World Crisis, 1911-1918

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As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict.
Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's ...

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Overview

As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict.
Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's "soul-stirring frenzy," and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill's inimitable voice we hear how "the war to end all wars" instead gave birth to every war that would follow, including the current war in Iraq. Written with unprecedented flair and knowledge of the events, The World Crisis remains the single greatest history of World War I, essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the twentieth century.

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"The World Crisis is at once an outstandingly readable history of the First World War — the seminal drama of modern times — and an eyewitness account, especially of its opening years. Whether as a statesman or an author, Churchill was a giant; and The World Crisis towers over most other books about the Great War."
— David Fromkin, author of A Peace to End All Peace

"Winston Churchill's personality suffuses The World Crisis, not only in its arguments but also in its masterful prose. The book, however, aspires to be even more than that — a general history of the war that shaped the twentieth century as well as the attitudes of one of the century's most powerful personalities."
— Hew Strachan, author of The First World War

"In this remarkable work, Churchill, as a maker and a writer of history, explores the confusions and complexities of World War I, eerily foreshadowing the later global struggle he would fight alongside Franklin Roosevelt. In a new century, the book remains essential reading, as fresh and compelling as ever, for the central issue it addresses — how a free people should chart their way through a world of conflicting interests — is always with us."
— Jon Meacham, bestselling author of Franklin and Winston

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743283434
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 214,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Gilbert was named Winston Churchill's official biographer in 1968. He is the author of seventy-five books, among them the single-volume Churchill: A Life, his twin histories The First World War and The Second World War, the comprehensive Israel: A History, and his three-volume History of the Twentieth Century. An Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan, he was knighted in 1995 "for services to British history and international relations," and in 1999 he was awarded a Doctorate of Literature by the University of Oxford for the totality of his published work.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Fascinating Tale of Strategic Choices and Consequences

    Superbly written and very enterntaining to read. Churchill offers a distinctly one-sided, i.e. British, view of the Great War. The book provides insights and strategic consequences missing from the typical North American historical perspective. Fans and critics of Churchill alike will gain perspective and amazement of the choices made by men in supreme power. Two Chapters, The Blood Test and Falkenhayn's Choice, should be required reading for all Americans that evaluate and report on foreign policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    A Must Read for the Serious Historian

    A blend of autobiography, biography, and first person obersavtion by one of the most connected people of the 20th century. It can be a tad intimidating for the budding historian since Churchill assumes the reader is as familiar with the more subtle points of British history as he is. Students of military history and logistics will be particulary interested in the first few chapters of the book in which Churchill chronicles his actions as the First Lord of the Admiralty (1911 - 1915). Key points include the moderization of the British naval forces, new weaponry, improved organization, and the formation of the British Naval Warfare School. The detailed discussion of the transition of the British fleet from coal to oil power goes a long way in explaining the British involvement in the Middle East following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire and partitioning of the Middle East via the Versailles Treaty of 1919. Not an 'easy read' but one well worth the effort.

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