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The Second World War

4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Cassell; new rev ed edition (1949)
  • ASIN: B0018X5HSS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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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.
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!
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Brilliant!
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.
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Winston Churchill's faults as a peace time politician have been well documented. His failings as a human being have also been pointed out. He was, by many accounts, exasperating, tireless, a control freak and he had an ego. You will get whiffs of all of that as you read this, his own abridgement of his account of the second world war. But what you will also get is the chance to sit on the man's shoulder as he directs the war, anaylyses his enemies, struggles with his own staff and fights to negotiate with Roosevelt and Stalin.
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.
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I came to this having already the war diary of Lord Alanbrooke - Churchill's military chief of staff for much of the war - and I initially wondered where this would be Churchill's version of the war with his successes and others mistakes.
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.
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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2014
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This is a masterpiece. Sir Winston was an incredibly talented writer who engages the reader.
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.
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A comprehensive collection of Churchill's history of the Second World War. A fantastic combination of historical fact, 'behind the scene' views of some of the most important events of the 20th Century, all written from a typically Churchillian point of view.

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.
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Albeit an abridged version, it tells the story with sufficient detail and ease of reading like that of a page-turner novel.

A must read!
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If I'd known winston Churchill was this great a writer i'd have read this book years ago. Its a hefty tome and isn't for the feint hearted but it is definitely worth a read and right from the start makes you balk at how a country, let alone a government could be so impotent in action and yet still win a war against the likes of Hitler.
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