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Winston S. Churchill
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La Segunda Guerra Mundial (The Second World War #1-6)

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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

Published January 2002 (first published 1948)
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I've finally finished The Gathering Storm by Churchill, the first volume in his 6 volume set on WWII. It was an amazing read. Beautifully written. "Still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is ...more
I enjoyed every minute of this remarkable overview of WWII. This first-hand account, written by one of the principle figures of the war, illustrates enormous insight into the how and why of every major (and most minor) decisions made by the various Allied leaders.

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
Chris S
Brilliant. I loved The 'World at War' documentry tv series which got me interested in the subject, and hence my fascination with Churchill - especially the way he, and only he, stood up to Hitler for a whole year while England was getting bombed and the threat of invasion by the nazis hung in the air. The way he rallied the country was genius, and his work ethic and determination is inspirational. This edition also contains his famous speeches etc... if anyone wants to lern about WW2 - this is a ...more
Sep 07, 2007 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Churchill was at the center of the greatest war in human history and, in addition to being a masterful statesman, had about as good a command of the English language is any reader could hope for. These books are his very personal history of the Second World War, being comprised in the main of his wartime memoranda and letters to the famous personages of his time -- Roosevelt, Stalin, his key subordinates, and many others -- and his commentary on those writings. It is hardly objective, and is qui ...more
Forgot about reading this one summer...
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
Disclaimer - I only listened to the second part - I had no idea there were so many more until I came on here to rate it. The second one was excellent. I did doze a bit through parts but only because I listened to it on a road trip with my husband and mother - sleep happens when you're not driving. My husband LOOOOOOVED it and got upset if I tried to pause it so I could ask a question or comment on the scenery.
This would be 5 stars just for the historical perspective alone. But then you have the written and orative grace of Winston Churchill and it's game over. Some day I'll read all six volumes, but this was a great way to get started. Churchill is certainly one of the greatest figures in modern history, and certainly of World War II. He was a lion.
I have an old set of this series by Winston Churchill that I purchased from an antique dealer on Very educational account of the events of the Second World War and the events that led up to the Second World War. A privilege to read the words of one of the greatest leaders of Great Britain and the 20th century.
Don Weidinger
1-3 could have been prevented, Germany humiliated, all there in Mein Kampf advocating fight, immense unemployment, US did not act in early 30's Japan invasion of China or Austria, execute opposition, govts obsessed by pacifism, overly self-confident Chamberlain, ignored Soviets, Poland and Hungary feed on Czechoslovakia, only nego with govts with morals, formed statistical party of own, Soviets into Poland Finland no help from England and France. 2; German prep for ww2 different than 1 unlike Fr ...more
It took me a few years and a stint of unemployment to finsih these - and yes, no surprise there, Winston oddly enough is biased - BUT the man's language is magnificent and as a historian closely involved in the events described he is less biased than many of his successors. Well worth the time of your life invested.
Robin Logan
A 6 book series on the Second World War. A must read for anyone interested in this subject. The writing is dry & somewhat pompous, but the detail is fascinating.
Robert Vlach
Churchillovy slavné paměti na 2. světovou válku jsem četl ve zkrácené verzi, kterou sám autor zkrouhnul z původních 6 dílů (téměř5tisíc stran textu!) na podstatně hutnější 4 díly: Milestones to Disaster / Alone / The Grand Alliance / Triumph and Tragedy. Zejména první díl zachycující období let 1919 až 1940 je po všech stránkách vynikající čtení. Není divu, že Churchill dostal Nobelovu cenu za literaturu. Jeho schopnost vyjádřit jednoduše a srozumitelně nesmírně komplexní dění na mezinárodní vál ...more
This volume covers the build up (from the end of World War One) to the appointment of Churchill as Prime Minister in Spring 1940. It is Churchill's perspective and is like reading a political science text; listening sounds a bit like listening to Charlie Brown's teacher . He claims it's his view of these events and sounds like it. A student of Brit politics or world history would enjoy it immensely. It's my first reading of a book by one of my favorite people in history; don't think I'll read an ...more
Will Eefting
This was without a doubt the biggest read I have completed in my life, and I assure myself that I will not embark on another mission like this!

Winston Churchill: The Second World War is a brilliantly written piece of historical literature by Winston himself, arguably the most primary figure in the war behind Adolf Hitler. I was able to garner a deeper understanding of the military and political (predominately political) aspects of the greatest and most devastating conflict in human history. Bein
Nov 07, 2007 Jared rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Been rereading this at random, in bits and pieces. It's one of those works I can do that with, every few years or so, and it's always a pleasure. I can pick up almost any book in the set, and open it almost at random, and immediately appreciate the great sweep of events being portrayed by this keen and aggressive mind, and the lively prose. Even the reprints of Churchill's daily memos are fascinating and lively. More than recounting events and his role in them, Churchill can weave those events t ...more
Geoffrey Benn
This is Churchill’s six volume history of WWII – it kept me company while I was recovering from breaking my ankle. It covers from the end of WWI through the immediate end of WWII. It is extremely well-written and draws extensively from Churchill’s letters and notes from the war years. I particularly enjoyed getting a feel for the personalities involved at high levels in the war effort and learning about the administrative strategies used to lead the war effort. I thought it could have done witho ...more
John Dobbin
I read every word of the entire 6 volumes. It took over six months but was well worth the effort. History unfolded before my eyes, memo by memo, speech by speech, set-back by set-back, until victory finally prevailed.
This picture is a little deceiving as I only read volume 1. (I didn't realize there were 400...)

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
Sean Kent
The definitive guide to the allies' political side of the war. Entertaining as hell thanks to Churchill's wry humor and raw ego.
Kathy Bowman
Okay, I confess that I've only read the first book in the series, but it was fantastic. I've always enjoyed reading about World War II, and this gives a fascinating play by play. And, Churchill tells it like it is, which adds a few unexpected laughs. It's a must read for any history buff.

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
Nick Black
a) Stalin was a dickhole
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
Michael Linton
This is book is interesting to understand the perspective of the war from one of the 3 leaders of the Allies. It's not a good read if you really want to understand the details of the war. I read the abridged version put out by Life so that may explain it. It helped me the understand the war from beginning to end but it made me realize I want to read about the war from the people in the war. I want to read the stories about the people. It's fascinating to read about the negotiations between Roose ...more
It put me to sleep :/
Check this out! Churchill uses some phrases that I never though existed then. "Off the shelf" is an example. And he is my hero, which makes it easier to read.

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
You sense on every page the immense intellect, humanity, courage, and action of Churchill. It's especially required reading for anyone who needs a deeper understanding of
-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.
Scot B
Even though Churchill is in love with the numerics of war (tonage of ships, material & arms, troops, etc.) These books have fascinating details, memos and such and interesting stories about Churchill's relationships with Roosevelt and Stalin, etc.. and it's history written from one of the participants(sometimes maybe it's myopic and self aggrandizing, but that's to be expected) and it reads like he speaks, which, of course, is wonderfully insightful and humorous.
These are incredible books, especially for Americans. It is good to read a version of the war that is not so USA-centric. It is interesting that the ultimate villian of the series is not Hitler, but Stalin. Hitler was obviously going to be defeated, especially once the US joined the war, but Stalin had a lot more people, and power and at the time of writing, it was not evident what would happen in the conflict that came to be called the Cold War.
Two thousand years from now, churchill will be principally (and aptly) regarded not for his unparalleled role as leader and statesman, but as a historian and storyteller of Homeric import. Utterly riveting; my only recollection of ever having literally read myself sick with eyestrain. Easily the most impressive first-person historical account I've ever come across, and perhaps the best singular work I've ever read.

(with appreciations to Dad)
Wesley Mesquita
For those who enjoy military history this is a masterpiece! In this collection, Churchill walked along the english backstages of WWII with a detailed set of his own memories and gathered a great set of documents which, together, told us how WWII developed itself. This work also shows the tight connection between political and military decisions leading us to understand how millions of lives can get into into a war in a matter of hours.
Massively informative.
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.
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, FRS, PC (Can) was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955. A noted statesman, orator and strategist, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his own historical writings, "for his mastery ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Second World War (6 books)
  • The Gathering Storm (The Second World War, #1)
  • Their Finest Hour (The Second World War, #2)
  • The Grand Alliance (The Second World War, #3)
  • The Hinge of Fate (The Second World War, #4)
  • Closing the Ring (The Second World War, #5)
  • Triumph and Tragedy (The Second World War, #6)
The Gathering Storm (The Second World War, #1) Their Finest Hour (The Second World War, #2) My Early Life, 1874-1904 The Birth of Britain (A History of the English Speaking Peoples, #1) The Grand Alliance (The Second World War, #3)

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