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The World Crisis, Vol. 3 Part 1 and Part 2 (Winston Churchill's World Crisis Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Winston S. Churchill
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This epic volume—third in a five-volume history of World War I from the perspective of a highly-placed political insider—details Churchill’s development of the Ten Year Rule, which gave the Treasury unprecedented power over financial, foreign, and strategic policy for years to come.

In March 1916, Winston Churchill returned to England to speak once more in the House of Commons. Appointed first Minister of Munitions, then later Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air, Churchill was in a prime position to observe and document the violent end of World War I.

This volume provides context for the events that came before Churchill’s return, including the intense battles of Jutland and Verdun. And it provides a rare perspective—the unbiased observances of a political leader, with a journalist’s eye for the truth and a historian’s sense of significance.


Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”
Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published.
During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions—including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler—and played an important part in the Allies’ eventual triumph.
One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works.

Rarely are events that change the world documented by a key participant, someone who was instrumental in making the military and political decisions that would shape the outcome of a world war. Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis provides the ultimate insider account—of a war intended to end all wars, a war so violent it almost undid the West altogether.

The World Crisis provides a sweeping narrative of the events of World War I that is both gripping and historically detailed—based on thousands of private letters and memos written to and by Churchill at the time. Nowhere else is the effect of this war so well conveyed by an eyewitness and historian—and so compellingly written.

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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.

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  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (23 Sept. 2013)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real thing 9 Nov. 2008
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There are two different expectations from history books: a stand-back dispassionate analysis from an academic, or a personal account from someone deeply involved. This is the latter. Yes, it is subjective and self justifying. On the other hand it is passionate and personal. The book is as interesting for the light it sheds on its author, as for the analysis of the events. But even on this second aspect it is outstanding. No other account I know of gives such an insight into the roles of the peripheral players in this epoch-changing conflict. Churchill shows the sweep of his understanding of the history and aspirations of the smaller yet crucial countries of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the importance of the Ottomans. Not simply a catalogue of campaigns and casualties; this is the only book on this subject that has given me a real perspective on the ebb and swell of the various phases of this awful struggle.
He, naturally, spends much effort to defend the wisdom of the idea behind the Dardanelles campaign, while denouncing its excecution. The failure of this campaign cost Churchill his job and his reputation; a blow from which a lesser man would never have recovered.
The book is scholarly without being dry. The language is stirring and moving yet avoids obvious clichés. An obligatory read for anyone interested in the war which gave us the Europe we know today.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill's days in goverment in WW1 22 Jun. 2010
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This is an abbreviated version of a multi-volume work. The book dealing with the east european theatres of war has been dropped. We are left with the core work, and the result is very readable. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the world crisis 28 Sept. 2011
The abridged, one-volume, small-print, paperback condensation is in my opinion a net loss over the original 1920s memoirs. The maps and charts are less informative, for one thing.
As 1st Lord of the Admiralty, a (temporary) officer at a Western Front battalion HQ, then Minister of Munitions, Churchill's account is a must. He was there, he made key decisions and then took the blame for them, he was closely involved with Fisher, Lloyd George, Geddes and the rest. We get his opinions and personality coming through as well as well-chosen and well-presented facts and figures. Above all he is a good read: you don't always realise this till you try flatter, more detached, and less colourful accounts such as Marder's.
The Penguin Classic gives us about two-thirds of this, but I prefer the originals, even if they take up more shelf space.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing but incomplete 9 May 2010
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If only all history books were written by Churchill. This is great writing with a strong focus on naval matters, which I had not expected. Also not previously clear to me that this is not the complete work. The Martin Gilbert introduction is not particularly useful. Worth it for the writing alone - compulsive and entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for understanding WW1 4 May 2013
I found this book immensely enlightening on getting an understanding of WW1.

Churchill was not only in the middle of government during the war, often he was in the middle of the war itself - being involved in the fighting early on, and regularly going back to the front line to find out what was happening and talking directly with the commanders involved.

The points he makes about Hague for example are very telling. I looked at a recent book about Hague and was astonished to find Churchill hardly mentioned in the index. I then looked at a few incidents I had read from Churchill in this book about Hague and found the Hague book was telling something quite at odds with Churchill's account.

Here are a few things I learned from the book.

The idea that any of the battles were "wars of attrition" in the sense of wearing down the other side is nonsense. Churchill clearly demonstrates both sides had more than enough new recruits each year to make up for the losses being suffered - in theory they could have gone on pretty much indefinitely, even at the rate of killing that was going on, typically each side could provide around a million new recruits each year anyway, so provided less than that were being killed each year, the war would carry on.

The way to win in modern warfare - Churchill argues compellingly - is to bring in sufficient numbers in a sufficiently short period of time - to overwhelm the enemy and bring swift defeat. Anything that takes time can quickly be responded to with additional troops, so numbers, surprise and swiftness are key. This it seems is something close to what the Nazis did with their blitzkrieg strategy in WW2.

Tanks could have been the key to an early British victory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and astounding! 20 Mar. 2014
Vol 1. This is the first vol of a 2 vol set with a new preface and a revision written in 1938, the first version in 4 vols dating from 1923. It is an account of those times by someone at the top of the political tree, first Lord of the Admiralty for about 5 years, before and during the war. That he is also a historian and a master of accessible style are also important. But what matters most is the originality of the mind itself: its energy, initiative and all round intellectual grasp. He sets out principles for the tasks he does, as natural as breathing to him.
There is, for example, a passage on battleship design, CH VI, especially, on what counts most. This is clear, economical and brilliant, yet I expect that very few military men, nowadays, will have read it. You know that no one before has ever thought it out like this: hence the confusion beforehand: the ships that did not quite fit the bill. What does matter in 1911? The range of the guns, that most of all, closely followed by the weight of shot; and the speed of the ship and its armour. So we learn that a 14inch gun throws a shell of about a ton 35,000 yards, ie about 20miles. But Winston wants all the factors maximised and gets a ship (The Queen Elizabeth Class) with 8 x15inch guns firing a broadside of 8 tons of high explosive which can sail at above 25knots and have 13 inches of armour. What an improvement on what had gone before! Why these factors are so important is explained clearly. But it is not merely an intellectual exercise. Winston fought for the money to build these great ships and got the job done, against all sorts of machinations and envy and downright rottenness. Von Tirpiz reported that these fired shells more than twice as heavy as the Germans ships. No detail was outside his competence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
How much of this needs to be taken with a grain of salt I don't know - but it's well written and a great read
Published 3 months ago by Eamonn Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 3 months ago by briangoodall
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and brilliantly written account of the war
Churchill is worth reading for the quality of prose alone. Here, similar to his WW2 memoirs, we have an account of the war told by a brilliant and original mind who was in close... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Heenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
World War 1 as Churchill saw it. Imperial British history at its most eloquent.
Published 4 months ago by Augustus Germanicus
3.0 out of 5 stars Churchill propaganda
A superbly written version of the great war story told by someone who saw the war in many of its facets. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Listing is misleading: beware!
Buyer beware! This was listed as be the Kindle edition of the 1911-1918 Churchill history but turns out to be only the least interesting year in that period
Published 12 months ago by silver disc addict
4.0 out of 5 stars Remains a rivetting read
After the scene setting and opening year of the war, Churchill takes us through the expansion of the war to Turkey and Gallipoli. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Roy Brocklebank
4.0 out of 5 stars Churchill
This has made me more interested in the history of our leaders of our country and no more so than Churchill.
Published 14 months ago by David Furnish
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill's recollections
I ve read quite-a bit on what Churchill wrote at school , early teens , very interesting Author he held mr spellbound . I am going back over these whenever I Can . Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kevin Cooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Rewarding, Educative Read
I very strongly recommend this book. Not only was Churchill a great man and an outstanding war leader, he was a truly brilliant writer too!
Published 14 months ago by Stephen Mitchell
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