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Winston Churchill - the Wilderness Years: A Lone Voice Against Hitler in the Prelude to War Paperback – 18 Dec 2011

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tauris Parke Paperbacks; Reprint edition (18 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848859333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848859333
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...written in crisp, hard prose, which has crisp hard-thinking behind it... A valuable addition to our crowded shelves of Churchilliana.' --- Books and Bookman

'...much fresh information on the sources of Churchill's prophetic speeches.' --International Herald Tribune

...a lucid and insightful distillation of Gilbert's detailed official biography. It is a welcome book, always addressed to the critical questions, and from the first wholly and unabashedly sympathetic to Churchill's position. This fine book reinforces what can be the only reasonable view of political life in Britain in the 1930s.' --Michael Heskett, Houston Chronicle

About the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert is Winston Churchill's official biographer and a leading historian of the modern world. He is the author of over seventy books, including Churchill: A Life and his acclaimed two-volume work on World War I and World War II. He is an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford and a Distinguished Fellow of Hillsdale College, Michigan.

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A first class commentary, well researched and referenced, of the most difficult years of Churchill's political life. His predictions were prophetic but largely ignored by men who put party before country. We should learn the lessons he taught us; we must be properly prepared to meet any assault on our country and our allies and this holds just as true to-day! I recommend this book to anyone interested to learn the lessons of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Winston Churchill was a giant among political pygmies in the 1930 as he warned of the looming Nazi menace 30 Jun. 2012
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If you want to read about Sir Winston Churchill (1874-19065) there is no better author to persuse than Sir. Martin Gilbert. Gilbert is the author of eighty books many of which deal with the life and career of Churchill. Many polls list Churchill as the greatest Englishman of all time.
"Winston Churchill: The Wilderess Years" is a relatively short book detaling the decade WSC spent in the political wilderness from 1929-1939. During those dark valley years, Great Britain pursued a craven policy of appeasement and pacifism.
This was the period when Churchill was out of the British cabinet serving as a lowly backbencher in the House of Commons. He continued to work on his multivolume history of his great ancestor John Duke of Marlborough; wrote extensive newspaper columns waring in Cassandra like prose of the threat of Nazi Germany; continued to paint and bricklay at his Chartwell home and travel widely abroad.
Churchill keenly observed:
a, Great Britain was very weak in air power even as Nazi Germany built up a hughe Lutfwaffe force.
b.Great Britain was not a strong supporter of the League of Nations or an alliance of Europeon democratic states against Germany and Italy.
c. Churchill was a lion who roared against the weak premiership of politcal midgets Ramsey MacDonald the Labour PM and Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain Conservative prime ministers.
d. Churchill deplored the rape and abandonment by Britain of Czechoslovakia at the infamous Munich Conference of 1938
e. Churchill kept himself well apprised of military and political developments through a newtwork of friends and confidants in the government, diplomatic corp, and military. He did his homework and knew that the world was teetering on the brink of disaster.
Churchill was a lonely defender of Edward VIII and helped him through the abdication crisis. He was opposed to giving India commonwealth status and was a supporter of Jewish aspirations for a homeland in Israel. Every politician should read this concise summary of Churchill's heroic efforts to fight for peace and democracy by telling the truth to the British public. In our day we could use his wise counsel in the dangerous world we live in!
The book is well illustrated, written and argued. WSC is one of my heroes and I will add this book to my shelf on this great man and leader of democracy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A voice in the wilderness. 6 Feb. 2013
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Martin Gilbert is a great historian and as the official biographer of Churchill his work is superb. The book might be a little dense and heavy for those readers who like popular history but the book still conveys well. The book's length and subject matter help confine the subject for an easier read. Gilbert knows his subject and uses wide ranging sources for his work.
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