The World Crisis Volume I: 1 (Bloomsbury Revelations) Paperback – 29 Jan 2015
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Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two occasions, from 1940-1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Celebrated as one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century, he was also a gifted orator, statesman and historian. The author of more than 40 books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and in 1963 was made an honorary citizen of the United States.
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You certainly get the impression that he was the driving force behind the build up and modernisation of the Royal Navy aided initially by the retired 1st Sea Lord, Lord Fisher, later brought back in at the age of 74 as the wartime professional head of the Navy.
As you would expect, this is a powerful, well written and resourced volume but you must always bear in mind that it is largely autobiographical and while WSC is careful to represent dissenting views and opinions these are only his own views. Although we know the story it is written in such a way as to grip the student as detail after detail leads inexorably to war.
The Kindle edition is invaluable as you can easily look up words with which you are unfamiliar. Using the Kindle Fire or a computer will show a few graphics better detail and in colour.
I am currently in Volume 2 and the Gallipoli Campaign; the writer again holds the reader spellbound and reveals the truth about Volume 1.
As an historical primer leading as to war it remains an excellent contemporary volume and at £4.95 for all 5 volumes is one without which you should not be. :)
Churchill was obviously defending his slip-ups as First Lord of the Admiralty in these volumes, and through the middle part of the war he was out of office, but it is still very worthwhile reading on the coming of war, Gallipoli, the "Graf Spee" and Goeben & Breslau" episodes. and the U-boat war in particular. If you can find the paper version--especially a 1920s edition with its creamy paper, coloured maps and diagrams, and hardback cover--go for that. If not, try KIndle, of course.
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Not much point buying any more Amazon ebooks.
Churchill's style is also brilliant, with strong images without ever being pompous.
This is a unique insight from a brilliant man at the nexus of the events and about real power. And reasoned, cold logical use of power.
Never read something quite like it...
To think this was all happening a 100 years ago. There is such a difference and understatement in Churchill the author and the statesman. There is a human side to him as he admits mistakes as well as justifies his decisions
You will however need to put some time aside to get through just this first volume.
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