Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1950. First US Edition. Hardcover. USED - Good/ Very Good. Red cloth boards with letterbox of author's name on front board and gilt lettering to spine. Spine is slightly faded and rubbed. Head/tail of spine is softened. Corners mostly sharp. Binding is slightly shaken. Toned with some foxing. Clean and unmarked. B/W maps and tables. Appendices. Index. 14.5 x 21.5 cm. 1000 pp. / No dust jacket. Item #10773
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 Hinge of Fate is the dramatic account of the Allies' changing fortunes.In the first half of the book, Churchill describes the fearful period in which the Germans threaten to overwhelm the Red Army, Rommel dominates the war in the desert, and Singapore falls to the Japanese. In the span of just a few months, the Allies begin to turn the tide, achieving decisive victories at Midway and Guadalcanal, and repulsing the Germans at Stalingrad. As confidence builds, the Allies begin to gain ground against the Axis powers.
Churchill won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 in part because of this awe-inspiring work.