Their Finest Hour: The Second World War, Volume 2 [NOOK Book]

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One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston Churchill's monumental book The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Recounted 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. Here you will find pride and patriotism in Churchill's dramatic account and with reason--having learned a lesson at Munich...
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Overview

One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston Churchill's monumental book The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Recounted 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. Here you will find pride and patriotism in Churchill's dramatic account and with 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 it seemed as though the Nazis were an unstoppable force.

What lends this work its tension is Churchill’s inclusion of primary source material. We hear Churchill’s retrospective analysis of the war, but we are also presented with memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams that give day-by-day accounts of the reactions as the drama unfolds. We listen as strategies and counter-strategies unfold in response to Hitler’s conquest of Europe, his planned invasion of England, and his assault on Russia. All contrive to give a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions that must be made as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

In Their Finest Hour, Churchill describes the invasion of France and a growing sense of dismay in Britain. Should Britain meet France's desperate pleas for reinforcements or husband their resources in preparation for the inevitable German assault? In the book's second half, entitled simply "Alone," Churchill discusses Great Britain's position as the last stronghold against German conquest: the battle for control of the skies over Britain, diplomatic efforts to draw the United States into the war, and the spreading global conflict.

In 1953, Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature due in no small part to this awe-inspiring work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Winston Churchill was born in 1874 and was one of the most significant leaders of the twentieth century. He acted as a war correspondent during the Boer War and after his capture and release, Churchill became a national hero in England, parlaying that celebrity into a political career becoming elected to the Conservative Party. Churchill joined the Liberal Party in 1904. Churchill’s career was volatile during the 1920s and ’30s owing, in part, to his support of the abdication of King Edward VIII, but when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, Churchill was reappointed Lord of the Admiralty.

In 1940, Churchill succeeded Chamberlain as Prime Minister and remained in office until 1945. Churchill successfully guided the nation through World War II, mobilizing and inspiring the British people as well as forging strong ties with American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Churchill remained in Parliament and was re-elected in 1951 and did not resign until 1955 when he was eighty years old.

After retirement, Churchill remained incredibly active, spending his time writing, publishing The History of the English Speaking People and more. That work, along with his six volume history of World War II and The World Crisis, his history of World War I, earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. In 1963 Churchill was made an honorary U.S. citizen. He died in 1965 at the age of ninety.

ABOUT THE SERIES

RosettaBooks’ collection of Churchill's best writing is gathered together here, reflecting his first-hand experience, notations, speeches, and journals. Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in large part due to the writing reflected in these important books that journal the everyday happenings and relationships between the Axis and the Allies during World War II and other major 20th century conflicts.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014332125
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Winston Churchill World War II Collection , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 89,785
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Winston Churchill was born in 1874 and was one of the most significant leaders of the twentieth century. He acted as a war correspondent during the Boer War and after his capture and release, Churchill became a national hero in England, parlaying that celebrity into a political career becoming elected to the Conservative Party. Churchill joined the Liberal Party in 1904. Churchill’s career was volatile during the 1920s and ’30s owing, in part, to his support of the abdication of King Edward VIII, but when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939, Churchill was reappointed Lord of the Admiralty.

In 1940, Churchill succeeded Chamberlain as Prime Minister and remained in office until 1945. Churchill successfully guided the nation through World War II, mobilizing and inspiring the British people as well as forging strong ties with American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Churchill remained in Parliament and was re-elected in 1951 and did not resign until 1955 when he was eighty years old.

After retirement, Churchill remained incredibly active, spending his time writing, publishing The History of the English Speaking People and more. That work, along with his six volume history of World War II and The World Crisis, his history of World War I, earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. In 1963 Churchill was made an honorary U.S. citizen. He died in 1965 at the age of ninety.
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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    To Forget History is to Repeat the Mistakes of History

    One of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, with a supreme command of the English language and understanding of both World War 1 and World War 2, this volume chronicles the events of the Battle of Britain. Deserted by allies, left to survive on their own and written off as defeated, Churchill lays down the day to day events and struggles that allowed Britain to blunt and turn the air battle and avarice of Hitler to other, "easier prizes." His command of history, understanding of military issues from personal experience, his dogged determination in leading Britain, are evident in his thinking and writing in this volume. To understand history is to gain insight into the present and future. I would recommend beginning with volume 1 of the 6 volumes to gain insight and understanding of what led up to WW 2. Had Britain and others listened to Churchill, it is likely these volumes would never have been written - is likely there would not have been a 2nd WW.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Churchill has a unique insight into the seemily confused English Foreign Policy of the years leading up to WW II. He is almost able to make the decisions made by the Commons appear to be valid. He does give another look at FDR and the US politics.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Excellent read.....excellent author

    If you are in any way interested in the true story of WWII, either military, political, or both; this is a wonderful read. Thoroughly recommend this and the five other volumes in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Invest in an editor

    I love Churchill's writing but the editing of this book is horrendous. Absurd mispellings all over.

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