Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1949. Ronald Murray (jacket design). Book Club Edition. Hardcover. USED - Good/ Very Good. BCE. Red cloth boards with letterbox of author's name on front board and gilt lettering to spine. Very light softening and fading to head/tail of spine. Corners mostly sharp. Binding is tight and square. Toned, with some foxing to edges. Prior owner's name on FFEP, otherwise clean and unmarked. B/W maps and tables. Appendix. Index. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. 751 pp. / Good. Spine is faded. Edges are chipped and worn. Front cover is rubbed. Toned and slightly foxed. Item #10771
One of the most fascinating works of history ever written, Winston Churchill's monumental book The Second World War is a six-volume account of the struggle of the Allied powers in Europe against Germany and the Axis. Recounted through the eyes of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the Second World War is also the story of one nation's singular, heroic role in the fight against tyranny. Here you will find pride and patriotism in Churchill's dramatic account and with reason--having learned a lesson at Munich that 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 an unstoppable force.
What lends this work its tension is Churchill’s inclusion of primary source material. We hear Churchill’s retrospective analysis of the war, but we are also presented with memos, letters, orders, speeches, and telegrams that give day-by-day accounts of the reactions as the drama unfolds. We listen as strategies and counter-strategies unfold in response to Hitler’s conquest of Europe, his planned invasion of England, and his assault on Russia. All contrive to give a mesmerizing account of the crucial decisions that must be made as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
In Their Finest Hour, Churchill describes the invasion of France and a growing sense of dismay in Britain. Should Britain meet France's desperate pleas for reinforcements or husband their resources in preparation for the inevitable German assault? In the book's second half, entitled simply "Alone," Churchill discusses Great Britain's position as the last stronghold against German conquest: the battle for control of the skies over Britain, diplomatic efforts to draw the United States into the war, and the spreading global conflict.
In 1953, Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature due in no small part to this awe-inspiring work.