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The Second World War, Volume 4: The Hinge of Fate Hardcover – 1 Jan 1950


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Orion; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304921556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304921553
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fourth volume of Sir Winston Churchill's definitive account of the Second World War.

About the Author

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom throughout the Second World War. Throughout his long and distinguished political career his writing was prolific. He was the author of 42 books and won the NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE in 1953 for his 'mastery of historical and biographical description'. Regarded by many as the greatest British Prime Minister in history.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 April 2000
Format: Hardcover
An amazingly good book. It was very interesting to read about how the tide turned for the Allies. In the first half of the book everything was at its lowest. German U-boats sank much of the trade between South America and the USA. But in second half of the book the Allies won in North Africa, and the Allied Victory was sure, even though there were many hard battles left.
Why the book does not get 5 stars is due to the fact that I think the author is progressing too fast. He forgets many arenas of World War II, for example the Pacific. Certainly he mentions the American operations there, but he does not write so much about them.
On the whole I recommend the book to anyone interested in the Second World War.
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Format: Hardcover
I recieved the book in good condition and well packaged, within the delivery time stated.
I would recoment the company that sent it
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Missing the point 22 Nov. 2003
By Ollie Kirkpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just had to add my two cents after finishing the sixth volume all of about 15 minutes ago. I ask my fellow reviewers who accuse Churchill of a completely selfish designation of "tragedy" on his loss of power in Britain to make sure they have actually read the right book; I can't see how it can be anything other than incredibly obvious that the "tragedy" he refers to is the inability of the Allies to halt Russian encroachment and lay the foundation for a peace which wouldn't be eventually and unavoidably interrupted by the potential for World War Three. This conclusion to Churchill's brilliant series is once again fantastic in scope and offers invaluable perspective. Most importantly, it is also incredibly prescient, as shown by 30 years of Cold War which we only escaped a decade ago.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Churchill devised a special method for writing 15 May 2000
By Owen Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Winston Churchill was remarkable, as much as for any other reason, for the sheer volume of words he produced. In a long life, during which he was often preoccupied by both family matters (he had four children) and matters of state, he nevertheless found the time to compose an inordinate number of books. I say compose, because he perfected a system during the first war, which revealed its efficacy more than ever in the second, of working through secretaries. There are many odd anecdotes told about Churchill, not the least of which is that his secretaries, sometimes working in rotation throughout much of the night, were obliged to attend to him and take down what he said, even in the bath. This way of getting the material down in print proved to be very effective, as the tens of thousands of published pages of his work amply demonstrates.
His long history of the Second World War continues with "The Hinge of Fate." Although he was personally assured that the American entry into the war meant the ultimate defeat of Germany, he still had to see to the day to day running of the war machine, and counter the perverse effects of both German victories and British pessimism. Now began, as well, the long battle with Stalin about opening up a second front in France, to take some of the heat off the Russian armies in the East. In fact, his relationship with the Russian leader is one of the most interesting sources of anecdotal references throughout this series.
This is history being well told by a man who was, while perhaps not a trained historian as such, so steeped in the history of his family and his country, that he an utterly unique point of view. The fact that he was also a central figure in the war itself, means that we have, if you like, a one in a million chance victory on our hands, as though we had just won a lottery of sorts, by being able to read him.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Churchill good, spelling bad 6 Sept. 2012
By Speedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am going through Churchill's volumes one by one. It seems to me that Amazon has farmed out the re-typing of his works to persons who have little knowledge of English spelling. Outer Mongolians? On almost every second page there are spelling errors that make the intended word incomprehensible, utterly spoiling the reader's enjoyment. May I suggest that Amazon employ a second typist to verify what the first has done? That is standard practice in all data processing establishments.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Churchill's just fine, transposition to Kindle not so much 28 Jun. 2013
By gscalvert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read Churchill's second world war volumes some 40 years ago, and I decided to read them again on my Kindle. I was especially looking forward to using the dictionary feature; Churchill has an immense vocabulary. However, I was very disappointed at the frequency of misspelled words resulting from the process of converting into Kindle format. I'm sure it was done by some kind of optical reader, and there was no followup review for editing. The misspelled words were so frequent that it was distracting in the extreme. And the Kindle books cost more than 7 bucks to add insult. Not up to your usual standards.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Flawed Kindle version 14 July 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This optically scanned edition is rife with transcription error. Often the reader must halt to dope out what the crucial word should have been. Even a spellcheck would have made a big difference.
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