La Segunda Guerra Mundial (The Second World War #1-6)
Churchill's six-volume history of World War II -- the definitive work, remarkable both for its sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, universally acknowledged as a magnificent historical reconstruction and an enduring work of literature. From Britian's darkest and finest hour to the great alliance and ultimate victory, the Second World War remains the pivotal eve...more
The history begins at the end of WWI and gives a brief overview of the political and social atmospheres that led to the breakdown of peace and the second world war. It continues through the end of the war, and the epilogue (written by...more
I liked this book. I struggled with the geography and people. An atlas would have been handy, I think. As well as a who's-who of Britain, France and Russia. Aside from my general lack of world knowledge, it was enlightening to me to see all that must happen in order for someone like Hitler to gain the control he did. I was also intrigued by the tendency of men in politics to ignore the advice of wise...more
I read it in Swedish, my dad had all the volumes, wonderfully leatherbound, I think he found them at some estate sale.
Winston is a freak, a brilliant man for making war, I guess what could be called a "pure" military man. You can't but help respecting the man, he's an incredible writer and all the thousands of pages are not at all boring (if you have an interest) but it is also extremely chilling to realize that the decisions and plans that ultimately were...more
For those who can't sit and read history, this will be too dry. I had to read this on vacation at a time when I could sit down and read for large blocks of time; at home I would fall asleep too quickly, but I in...more
b) Churchill is a verbose guy
c) FDR was tre sexy
d) British people are feckless socialists who deserve what they get
e) Unless they're being bombed (Blitzed?) at the time
f) The invasion of Italy succeeded marvelously at wasting time
g) Britain invaded Iceland, well before we knew about Bjork
h) Churchill is verbose enough to make it worth pointing out again
i) I never, ever want to read about another fighter sortie
j) Germans should stick to the ground, Brits to the sky
k) The J...more
The more I got into it, the more coincidental everything seems. Like when Churchill and Stalin "split up" the Balkans. Like when Churchill decided to bomb parts of Italy, to see if Mussolini "liked" it. Like the cold statistics about the lost tonnage and lives in the U-boat conflict.
Still, we'd all be talking German fluently if he had not...more
-the special relationship between US and UK
-the nature and greatness of the "English Speaking people"
-the heroic nature of individuals
-fascism and how to deal with it
-the strategy and the barbarism of war
There just aren't words enough to express the debt we owe to Churchill. "Never have so many owed so much to so few." Indeed.
(with appreciations to Dad)
Also entertaining: Churchill presents events making them look like a mixture of his own and his country's challenges.
I have not finished the book to the last page, read just over 2/3: even this edition is rather long to read (500 pages or so).
I've switched to the documentary "the World at War" , of which I've watched all the 26 amazing episodes.
I certainly recommend both the book and the documentary.
You cand just read any section of this volumes and learn a new thing. You don't have to read it all from the start like i do.
Both series go through the entire European war.
Well worth the time!!
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In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.”