The Second World War Paperback – 3 Jan 2002
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"The Second World War dwarfs in scale the scanty memoirs of great figures of the past. The imagination boggles at the task of finding a just comparison... The events would have made the narrative great even if the writer had not had Churchill's gift of style. But the style matches the occasion" (Times Literary Supplement)
"That the acclamation has been even greater than might have been anticipated is the measure of his unique achievement - to have given the authority and the majesty of history to the stuff of his own times" (Daily Telegraph)
"He is not writing history so much as reliving it - with its animosities still remembered, its wounds still smarting. This is a story told while the sweat and shock of mortal combat are still upon the teller" (Evening Standard)
The abridgement of Churchill's classic six-volume history of the Second World War. (2001-07-30)See all Product description
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This is clearly his version of events but nevertheless you do get a feeling of what these times were like.
WSC was a stickler for detail and was prepared to admit mistakes. This abridged book from his 6 volumes paints a vivid picture of WW2 and how the allies won it, and also how close we came to disaster.
If you are reading this you must love history, well I promise this is a great book and despite the subject matter, an easy and enjoyable read.
WSC was a very special man and it will be a long time before we see his like again, sadly for all of us.
Ok, it's not a comprehensive account of every aspect of the second world war, it is partly biography and does contain Winston's side of the story, but his ability and talent as a writer is amazing. You see the war through his eyes and how lucky we are that he took the time and trouble to write it all down so comprehensively. The unique perspective he gives us, explains in many cases, why things worked out the way they did.
This is great taster to Churchill's talents as a writer and historian.