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 sixth and final volume of The Second World War, Triumph and Tragedy documents with moving, dramatic detail the endgame of the war and the uneasy meetings between Churchill, Stalin, and Truman convening to discuss the plan for rebuilding Europe in the aftermath of such upheaval and devastation.
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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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Final chapter of Churchill's WW2 series.
Triumph & Tragedy, the sixith and final volume of Churchill's WWII memiors ends on a somber note of regret at not stopping the Russian advance into Western Europe. The memiors remain highly readable and give a complete, if entirely British, account of affairs from the very top. Of course Churchill was correct in his assesment of post-war Soviet intentions, but also less than candid about the debacle of Allied efforts in Italy. I imagine Churchill was difficult to work with but even more difficult to work for. He not only wanted everything to go his way but he wanted to hold all the strings.The memiors are a great achievement and he deserved the Nobel for literature. If you read them, read all six, unabridged volumes that is only just. If an aging Churchill, while still an active party leader, could take the time and effort to write six volumes a reader can surely spare the time to read all six.