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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second World War by Winston Churchill
This is every bit an edge of your seat read, if it were fiction it would be up there with Lord of Rings, in both detail and length!!!
This book guides you through the political and military history from the end of the First World War, which shaped the world of sanctions, trade and political will, right through to the after affects in the 1950’s.
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Published on 21 Feb 2004 by Mr. D. P. Walters

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3.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill
Bought for father-in-law. As far as I am aware he enjoyed the book as he loves reading about all things connected with 1st and 2nd World Wars. He is at an age when you never know what to get him!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill, 31 Aug 2013
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Bought for father-in-law. As far as I am aware he enjoyed the book as he loves reading about all things connected with 1st and 2nd World Wars. He is at an age when you never know what to get him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!, 10 Dec 2011
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Bought this book for my sister, received it really quickly. It is a fantastic book for the price and from what my sister has been telling me a great book for anyone interested in learning about WWII and Winston Churchill.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A limited perspective, 3 Jun 2005
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If you want a book which providing an overall perspective of WW2 - don't get this.
This is really part history, part apologia and part autobiography. Churchill is naturally strong on the origins of the war, although 150 pages of "I told you so" becomes a little tiresome in the end. The prose is straightforward and generally entertaining and the description of the fall of France is top notch.
Things really begin to get skewed once Russia and the States enter the war. The imbalance is extraordinary - pages are spent on quoting verbatim telgrams sent to Roosevelt or Stalin while the battle of Stalingrad is dismissed in a paragraph. While Big power conferences get a chapter or two each, there is nothing on the Home Front or on financing the war or on weapons production. Moset extraordinary of all, the holocaust is not mentioned at all. Anywhere.
The effect is somewhat surreal. To take one example, in justifying the failure to open up a second front Churchill goes into a great deal of detail about the precise numbers of landing craft necessary for an invasion of northern France, how many there were in every given year and how many were needed in the Pacific or Mediterranean. The obvious question - why could more not be built is never addressed?
So for a general book on WW2, look elsewhere (and if you find a good one -please let me know!). For a blow by blo account of Churchill's war, you would presumably be better off reading the unabridged version.
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