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

Winston S. Churchill
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9 May 1986 Second World War (Book 2)
Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. Their Finest Hour enthrallingly recounts key events and battles from May to December 1940 as Britain stood isolated while Nazi Germany pursued its seemingly unconquerable war path - the fall of France, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, the horrors of the Blitz and Hitler's plans to invade and crush Russia, his sole ally in Europe.
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  • Paperback: 683 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); Reissue edition (9 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395410568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395410561
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,901,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one quite like Winston Churchill 21 Oct 2010
Volume Two of the World War series is fascinating reading, not only for the details on British strategy and approach during the difficult years 1940 and 1941, but also for the issues that Churchill (writing these volumes, of course, after the war) identified as particularly controversial and which might have called his management of the British war effort into question. Wonderful insights into the details of taking on the new face of war in the skies above England and in London itself. This is also something of a lesson plan -- at the highest level -- of organizational management.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill's Telling of Churchill's War 10 Oct 2010
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Their Finest Hour" is Volume II of Winston Churchill's magnus opus on World War II. Beginning with Churchill's ascension to the office of Prime Minister, it continues to the end of 1940. It covers a time of the events of legend. On these pages we read of the end of the Phony War with the Blitzkrieg on France, the evacuation from Dunkirk, the fall of France, the emergence of DeGaulle, and the titanic Battle of Britain that may have been a turning point of the war.

The sudden and shocking collapse of France is told by one who struggled mightily to hold things together as the situation disintegrated around him. Churchill's repeated trips to France to assess conditions and to try to rally the French makes for fascinating reading. Churchill's exhortations to continue the struggle, the French demands for more British commitment, the frantic pleas for an American declaration of war and the incredible offer of a perpetual union between Great Britain and France make for a rapid sequence of unique events that are stranger than any novelist's fiction. As the battle lines dissolved the incredible rescue of the BEF and other forces from Dunkirk saved the troops that were to form the nucleus of the band that would return to France four years later. The fall of France would place the French fleet in jeopardy which led to intense negotiations and the unfortunate British attack at the fleet at Oran.

When the Battle of France was over, the Battle of Britain began. The Battle of Britain was the battle in the skies over Britain in which the RAF and the Luftwaffe fought for the air supremacy that was crucial to any German plans to invade England.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour by winston Churchill 23 Nov 2013
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The printing of this historical book is diabolical i understand the principle of transferring the printed word to the Kindle process, there are so many errors that reading became most awkward and in some places totally ridiculous this effort not only ridicules the words of the great man it demeans the kindle production team , a good book ruined kindles version ruined
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1.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour 19 Oct 2013
By Retired
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This book should be withdrawn, spelling mistakes corrected and re-issued. How can the reader enjoy a book with so many spelling errors ie" Britain spelt 3ritain" "Fact spelt fart" "Fleet spelt fleer" and many ,many more.The Nobel prize was awarded for this series of books. Winston must be turning in his grave. Shame on Kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill World War 2 20 Jun 2012
By ABenton
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As I read this book I can hear his voice, his words are still inspiring.
However the quality of the text in this ebook is disappointing, many spelling errors which I can only attribute to the OCR software used to convert the book to an electronic form.
It is a pity that it hadn't been proof read before putting the ebook on sale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indeed, it was... 30 Dec 2011
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the second volume of Churchill's six volume history of the Second World War, which was written "just as the dust was still settling," in 1948. Of the various phases of the war, this volume covers the one that Churchill was best placed to narrate: 1940, with the rapid collapse of French resistance, Britain had to fight alone. And it was Churchill's actions and rhetoric that proved an essential catalyst in rallying the British people to the task.

The first volume The Second World War, Volume 1: The Gathering Storm covers over a 20 year period, from the end of World War I until May, 1940. This volume covers not much more than half a year, from May until the end of 1940. The first half is focused on the fall of France, following the disastrous (for the French) German break-though at Sedan. Tough decisions? Adversity tends to concentrate the mind. There is a chapter of Churchill's decision to sink the French fleet in Oran, Algeria. It was one of the tougher decisions he was forced to make: to turn British guns on his former (and still) allies, killing over 2,000 French sailors, since the French Admiral, Darlan, would not undertake the proper actions to ensure that the fleet did not fall into German hands. There are also good chapters on the evacuation of almost the entire British Army from Dunkirk, which allowed it to fight "another day," as well as the German plans to invade England, which were incorporated under the code name: "Operation Sea Lion."

The second half of the book commenced with the Battle of Britain, the air war that featured the outnumbered Royal Air Force defending Britain, and stopping the Luftwaffe.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Disappointed as I purchased new book and it was not new. Although in good condition it was grubby and did not look or feel new.
Published 1 month ago by Gill Delamere
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible typing errors throughout.
Content is excellent but completely destroyed by awful typos in almost every paragraph. Clearly no one has even attempted to check the conversion. Pathetic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition spoiled by typos
I bought this on Kindle and although it's an excellent book it is spoiled by the many typos and errors throughout the book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight into Churchill's wartime role
For someone who was born when the Second world War had finished by a few years, this is a wonderful insight into Churchill's role as leader of the British and Commonwealth... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter & Dorothy Bottomley
2.0 out of 5 stars Utterly compelling book...... full of typo's?!!
Having just started my journey into British military history I'm finding this book (and The Gathering Storm) absolutely fantastic reading material. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion, the greatest leader in history
Fascinating insights into the minds of the key decision-makers. Graphic accounts of how some of the most important decisions in history were and weren't made.
Published 9 months ago by ian seddon
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but shoddy conversion to e-book
Having read 'The Gathering Storm', and noted a few typographical and typesetting errors I had hope that 'Their Finest Hour' would have benefitted from a closer proof-reading... Read more
Published 16 months ago by azura25
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour - Churchill
This and all Churchill's books are essential for anyone studying this conflict. Not the last word as it records the views and experiences of one person from his own aspect, so may... Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. D. H. DAVIES
2.0 out of 5 stars "Their Finest Hour" - Very poor quality of Kindle edition
Having previously bought "The Gathering Storm", I have been extremely disappointed by the awful quality of "Their Finest Hour" - this certainly is not Kindle's finest. Read more
Published 21 months ago by home shopper
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Shocking Proof Reading
This is a classic, a great book by a great man and essential reading for anyone even remotely interested in modern European history. Read more
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