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The Gathering Storm (The Second World War) (edition 1986)

by Winston S. Churchill

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Title:The Gathering Storm (The Second World War)
Authors:Winston S. Churchill
Info:Mariner Books (1986), Paperback, 752 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:World War II, History, Memoire

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The Gathering Storm by Winston S. Churchill

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    A History of the English-Speaking Peoples by Winston S. Churchill (John_Vaughan)
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    In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War by David Reynolds (dwieringa)
    dwieringa: Both a history of how the series was written and an analysis of Churchill's view. Great companion volume.
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  garycornillaud | Jan 11, 2014 |
As an historical artefact, an account of WWII from the highest level, but lacking the Enigma and Ultra information, this is a very good production. He writes clearly and well. Having some of the instincts of the historian,, and having already written two major biographies, he knew what he'd be looking for if he was writing a biography. So that's what it is, and it reads well. I've finished it three times, and dipped in often. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 8, 2013 |
Excellent review of the early beginnings of WWII. Churchill has the advantage not only of having lived this portion of history, but also the records of the Nuremberg trials and his own personal journals. Very readable. ( )
  GTTexas | Nov 2, 2012 |
This is the first of a series of six books written by Winston Churchill on World War Two. This is a very good, very well-written on am important subject. Winston Churchill was at the center of events during the entire war, being Prime Minister for almost all of it. This was a unique perspective on the war. This is history related by the man who, in many cases, made the history.

The book has many details of memory and records. The appendix has important documents for those who want more information. The writing is by a master of the English language who is a seasoned writer. The combination of political leader and writer of power is without precedent.

For those interested in World War Two, for those interested in Twentieth Century history these books are imperative. I don't think you can really understand the period without reading and understanding this set of books. I cannot recommend them too much. ( )
  xenchu | Apr 15, 2010 |
It wouldn't be an understatement to call this one of the most important works of history of the twentieth century. The first of six volumes by Winston Churchill this book chronicles the period between the end of the First World War, through the growing German and Italian threats to the peace, and into the war as far as the Battle of France. To say that this book is well written would be a substantial understatement. Churchill has a way with the English language that is very rarely seen which serves to enliven a story that has been done to death in the decades since this was originally published. As a participant at the highest levels of government throughout most of the period of this book, and especially after the start of the war, there is an added level of clarity, moral force, and insights that are often lost in most examinations of the period. Of particular note I found were the various descriptions of those principal actors such as Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, and Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov. Contrary to my expectations, Chamberlain himself is not vastly attacked by Churchill in any substantially prolonged way, especially after Munich when his demeanor changed drastically - a better accounting of the failures of the prewar government fall to Baldwin as it stands in this account for putting party over country. On the whole much of the emphasis in this volume is placed on the prewar era, and rightfully so - while the period described from September 1939 to May 1940 is also of the highest quality it does drag at some points with Churchill's descriptions of the Norway campaign which are perhaps too long considering the rapidly approaching thunderstorm that was making its way to fruition on the continent.

This said, while this series can be viewed as a history of the war it is better viewed as a serious of war memoirs from one of the most important figures of the war and should inevitably rest on the shelves of any respectful reader of the Second World War.

Of note for this volume itself are several very nicely done maps - particularly as they relate to the Polish campaign, Scapa Flow, the naval battle against the Graf Spee, and the Norway campaign. A variety of useful appendixes are also included, particularly those relating to naval affairs considering Winston's position as First Lord of the Admiralty from the start of the war until his assumption of the duties of the office of the Prime Minister. ( )
3 vote CSL | May 8, 2008 |
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MORAL OF THE WORK
In War: Resolution
In Defeat: Defiance
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Good Will

THEME OF THE VOLUME
How the English-speaking peoples
through their unwisdom,
carelessnes, and good nature
allowed the wicked to rearm
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After the end of the World War of 1914 there was a deep conviction and almost universal hope that peace would reign in the world.
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This is volume 1 of Sir Winston Churchill's The Second World War, THE GATHERING STORM. Please do not combine with different volumes - they are different works with different Common Knowledge.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 039541055X, Paperback)

Winston Churchill was not only a statesman and leader of historic proportions, he also possessed substantial literary talents. These two factors combine to make The Gathering Storm a unique work. The first volume of Churchill's memoirs, this selection is broken into two parts. The first, "From War to War," consists of Churchill's critical observations on the settlement of World War I and its place in the causes of the Second World War. The second volume contains letters and memoranda from the British government--of which Churchill was part--as the country plunged unprepared into war. This stands as the best of history: written as it was made, by the man who made it.

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Covers the period from the Treaty of Versailles to Churchill's appointment as Prime Minister in 1940.

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