The Second World War
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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.
It shows where political judgement at one moment affected the future time and time again. This is interwoven with a detailed examination of the military facts, some tragic, some heroic that are the consequence of them.
The style of Churchill is one of detail and plot, which makes for an easy read, allowing a solid grasp of the plot, as well as an understanding of views of all the main players, through his eyes.
A fantastic read and thoroughly recommended, simply a terrible shame that it is all fact and not fiction!
See the Second World War through the eyes of the greatest wartime leader ever. Recall his thoughts on Britain's 'Finest Hour' and find out about what frightened him during the war. If you are a budding historian or even a professional this is the book for you. Although it is abridged it is still a compelling read.
Read it as a tribute to the great man himself.
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.
How wrong I was, this is history written from a unique viewpoint by someone able to see the events as they unfolded on a grand scale. Others have written in great detail about specific events - this sets them in their place in the greater scheme.
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.
If you are looking for an unbiased overview of the Second World War this won't be for you. In parts Churchill, as one might expect, highlights his greatest achievements, and has an almost 'I told you so' attitude to some aspects (especially the policy of appeasement undertaken in the 1930's). However, who are we to criticise?!
An excellent read.
A must read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The definitive history of the world's greatest conflict by the man who won the war, written in by a Nobel prizewinner.Published 8 months ago by Ed Harvey
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. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2013 by lilo
Excellent read - although it's taken me weeks to get through it - Churchill was obviously one of the great leaders of our timePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by maggiec