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Memoirs of the Second World War (1948)

by Winston S. Churchill

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While in domestic exile from political London, in the library of the family manor at Chartwell, overlooking the Weald of Kent, Churchill wrote his six-volume account of World War II. The set helped him win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, although he did not pretend it was scrupulously objective" or complete as a history. To his credit,
he himself often highlights his omissions and the gaps in the story. Churchill thought too much of himself to hide his flaws.

Late historical revisionists -- Robert James', A Study in Failure (1970), John Charmley's, The End of the Glory (1993), and AJP Taylor's Origins of the Second World War (1961)-- may attempt to tamp Churchill into oblivion as a historian. Yet they still have to face the pop-up he
performs as the player: He is the elephant in the war room. ( )
  keylawk | May 29, 2007 |
I love reading Churchill's prose, which I find magnificent. This history, of course, is hardly unbiased and objective, but nevertheless it gives interesting insights into World War II. I read the full unabridged edition 30 years ago and enjoyed that too. ( )
  johnthefireman | Apr 30, 2006 |
Presents the essence of Sir Winston Churchill's personal story of the years between 1939 and 1945. His memoirs, which first appeared in six volumes, were abridged in 1958 by Denis Kelly, with Churchill's approval. For the abridgement, Churchill wrote an epilogue reviewing the years since his relinquishment of the office of Prime Minister in 1945 up to 1957, and including his thoughts on the prospects for the future. The main events of the war are described in Churchill's own words, as he charts the milestones from early disaster to victory and beyond: from the Treaty of Versailles to Hitler's conquest of Poland; the fall of France; the Battle of Britain; the Blitz; the struggle in the desert; the amphibious operations in North Africa, Sicily and Italy; D-Day; the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and the establishment of the Iron Curtain in Europe.

Winston Churchill led Britain through the Second World War as Prime Minister. He was the author of 42 books, including the four-volume History of the English Speaking Peoples.

These books attempt to rewrite history, to a greater or lesser degree, to place the author as a central figure of the events he describes.
  antimuzak | Dec 2, 2005 |
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Abridged edition with an epilogue on the years 1945-1957, edited by Denis Kelly.

Republished by Bloomsbury as "The Second World War", ISBN 1472520874.
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The quintessential account of the Second World War as seen by Winston Churchill, its greatest leader


As Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945, Winston Churchill was not only the most powerful player in World War II but also the free world's most eloquent voice of defiance in the face of Nazi tyranny. Churchill's epic accounts of those times, remarkable for their grand sweep and incisive firsthand observations, are distilled here in a single essential volume. Memoirs of the Second World War is a vital and illuminating work that retains the drama, eyewitness details, and magisterial prose of his classic six-volume history and offers an invaluable view of pivotal events of the twentieth century.

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