The World Crisis, 1911-1918

The World Crisis, 1911-1918


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ISBN-13: 9780743283434
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 10/04/2005
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 159,301
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940–1945 and 1951–1955. A prolific writer, whose works include The Second World War and A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953.

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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The World Crisis, 1911-1918 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
patito-de-hule on LibraryThing 19 days ago
Winston Churchill was a superb writer--What more can I say? It is a one volume summary of what was originally a five volume work. This particular volume covers the years 1911-1918 of World War. Sadly, it does not include "The Aftermath," the last volume and for that reason I can only rate it at four stars. Churchill began the conflict as Lord of the Admiralty, but came under pretty stiff criticism especially after Gallipoli. Hence it is written largely to justify his own actions during the war. He is careful not to criticize Lord Kitchener who was immensely popular at the time (and who died before the end of the war). Thus there is a certain amount of obvious spin on the narration. But it's a classic now, and a very great book. I wish I had time to read the unabridged version.
JBV-PGH More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.