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The Gathering Storm (1948)

by Winston S. Churchill

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Series: Churchill's The Second World War (Volume 1)

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"It is our immense good fortune that a man who presided over this crisis in history is able to turn the action he lived through into enduring literature." --The New York Times   This book is the first in Winston Churchill's monumental six-volume account of the struggle between the Allied Powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis during World War II. Told from the unique viewpoint of a British prime minister, it is also the story of one nation's heroic role in the fight against tyranny.   Having learned a lesson at Munich they would never forget, the British refused to make peace with Hitler, defying him even after France had fallen and it seemed as though the Nazis were unstoppable. What lends this work its tension and power is Churchill's inclusion of primary source material. We are presented with not only Churchill's retrospective analysis of the war, but also memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams, day-by-day accounts of reactions as the drama intensifies. We listen as strategies and counterstrategies unfold in response to Hitler's conquest of Europe, planned invasion of England, and assault on Russia. Together they give a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions made as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.   The Gathering Storm covers the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the capitulation of Munich, and the entry of Britain into the war. This book makes clear Churchill's feeling that the Second World War was a largely senseless but unavoidable conflict--and shows why Churchill earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, in part because of this awe-inspiring work.… (more)
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A gripping account of the events leading up to World War 2 by someone very close to the inner workings. Well read by the reader sounds like Mr. Churchill himself. ( )
  charlie68 | Oct 21, 2018 |
Great to hear Churchill during his proudest moments. The lonely voice warning of the rise of fascism, just like today. ( )
  Doondeck | May 4, 2018 |
Currently listening to this title, narrator Patrick Horgan.
  StephenMZumbo | Apr 2, 2018 |
Excellent ( )
  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 |
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Keegan, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Luaces, Juan G. deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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"It is our immense good fortune that a man who presided over this crisis in history is able to turn the action he lived through into enduring literature." --The New York Times   This book is the first in Winston Churchill's monumental six-volume account of the struggle between the Allied Powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis during World War II. Told from the unique viewpoint of a British prime minister, it is also the story of one nation's heroic role in the fight against tyranny.   Having learned a lesson at Munich they would never forget, the British refused to make peace with Hitler, defying him even after France had fallen and it seemed as though the Nazis were unstoppable. What lends this work its tension and power is Churchill's inclusion of primary source material. We are presented with not only Churchill's retrospective analysis of the war, but also memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams, day-by-day accounts of reactions as the drama intensifies. We listen as strategies and counterstrategies unfold in response to Hitler's conquest of Europe, planned invasion of England, and assault on Russia. Together they give a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions made as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.   The Gathering Storm covers the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Adolf Hitler, the capitulation of Munich, and the entry of Britain into the war. This book makes clear Churchill's feeling that the Second World War was a largely senseless but unavoidable conflict--and shows why Churchill earned the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, in part because of this awe-inspiring work.

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