Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. 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. Spine is faded. Head/tail of spine is softened and worn. Top corners lightly bumped. Binding is tight and square. Deckled fore-edge. Toned, with slight foxing to edges, pastedowns and endpapers, otherwise text box is clean and unmarked. A few leaves dog-eared at bottom corner. B/W maps. Appendixes. Index. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. 903 pp. / No dust jacket. Item #10772
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.
The Grand Alliance describes the end of an extraordinary period in British military history in which Britain stood alone against Germany. Two crucial events brought an end of Britain's isolation. First is Hitler's decision to attack the Soviet Union, opening up a battle front in the East and forcing Stalin to look to the British for support. The second event is the bombing of Pearl Harbor. U.S. support had long been crucial to the British war effort, and Churchill documents his efforts to draw the Americans to aid, including correspondence with President Roosevelt.
Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 in part because of this awe-inspiring work.