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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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K 70. výročí od konce 2. sv. války nové vydání proslulých válečných pamětí britského premiéra sira W. S. Churchilla.

Dokumenty shromážděné v těchto svazcích poskytují přehled nesmírně závažných událostí, jak je ve své době viděl člověk, který nesl hlavní tíhu odpovědnosti za válku a politiku Britského impéria i dominií.

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Published January 2002 (first published 1948)
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Paul W Churchill represented the conservative ruling class. After the hardships of World War 2, the British were looking for social reformation, and a more…moreChurchill represented the conservative ruling class. After the hardships of World War 2, the British were looking for social reformation, and a more egalitarian society. As a result the abandoned the war-time coalition, of which Churchill was the leader, and voted in the Labour party.(less)
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Mowena Glunch
I have read this series twice. Churchill writes well, and I love the detail. Self-serving, so untrustworthy, but still absorbing.
Aug 22, 2007 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Genia Hauser
Dec 12, 2016 Genia Hauser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Super! Da sieht man, wieso ein Politiker den Literaturnobelpreis bekommen hat.
Sep 07, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  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 as 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
Jul 13, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2008 Johan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris S
Dec 08, 2009 Chris S rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war
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
Jun 12, 2010 Danny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Daryl Thompson
Jan 05, 2016 Daryl Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy reading Churchills review of the Second World War. Winston had great insight into the coming clash and how it was going to effect the world.
Feb 21, 2015 Marcus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished the last of Churchill's amazing six volume History of the Second World War. I strongly recommend it to everyone whose parents or grandparents fought or lived through that war. It's the first-hand account, from the top. Churchill manages to communicate the enormity of horrendous war on a world scale, theatre by theatre (for example, the number of ships and tonnage of shipping sunk is almost unbelievable). Churchill writes extremely well, and as a historical record he copiously ...more
Don Weidinger
May 05, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Geoffrey Benn
Mar 30, 2013 Geoffrey Benn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
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
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
Sep 11, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Wesley Mesquita
Apr 28, 2014 Wesley Mesquita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Scot B
Feb 14, 2008 Scot B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 09, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 29, 2008 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tom Fertitta
Mar 23, 2012 Tom Fertitta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Churchill"s perspective is about as close as you get from being in the thick of the build up and eventual war itself. Candid and very insightful , giving the reader a feel for the difficulties of the decisions , right or wrong that had to be made . Very easy to read and entertaining as well .
Mar 25, 2013 Ross rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection is more an autobiography than a history, but is a must read for everyone with an interest in history. Should then be followed by reading the biography of Churchill by William Mansfield and Paul Reid "The Last Lion."
John Dobbin
Mar 12, 2014 John Dobbin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Robin Logan
Apr 16, 2012 Robin Logan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kent Beck
Aug 12, 2012 Kent Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series is deeply flawed--simplistic, self-aggrandizing, and dragging at times. However, holy crap, the guy was there and in the middle of it. Read it to understand Churchill better.
At the beginning of last year, I finally finished Winston S. Churchill's excellent "The Second World War" series (6 vols). I highly recommend it, & I hope my review inspires you to read Churchill's eloquently written history, too:

I'm so thankful for the work Churchill put into recording & writing about the WW2 history that he lived & persevered through. I loved Churchill's courageous, stirring speeches, his vital letters & cables to FDR & many others, the Allies' in-depth co
Jan 10, 2017 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not and possibly could not be a masterpiece on each one of the 2195 pages of Russian translation, which I've read. It was assembled primarily of memos, which Winston Churchill wrote and received from other people in the course of roughly 7 years of this story. So it's not written from scratch. These texts, for me subjectively, amount for 40% of the book (I'd like to know the exact number!). Presumably this lets readers judge for themselves. The rest is Churchill's commentaries which ...more
Dec 15, 2016 Donovan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the full set at a used book sale for ten dollars and kept them around for over a decade until I finally had the time to read them. The biggest thing I took away from the books was how bloody the Eastern front was while the US and England kept the Nazis occupied in the West.
Jan 06, 2017 Stepan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Одна из тех книг, которые должен прочитать каждый. Воспитывает характер и решимость (что интересно, ведь это совсем не автобиография, а исторический труд). Помогает довольно четко взглянуть на историю этой войны.

Вторая часть немного провисает – в ней описывается второстепенные сражения англичан на африканском фронте, которые вроде бы стали «немаловажной частью победы». Есть любопытные моменты переписки со Сталиным – видно, каким непростым союзником он был. В целом же, не так интересно, как перва
Will Eefting
Sep 29, 2014 Will Eefting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-books
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 02, 2007 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Sean Ragan
Apr 13, 2016 Sean Ragan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading these books has been one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Churchill was not only a first-person witness to the most important period of modern history, he had likely the best vantage point on it of anyone then living. And to top it off he was a maestro prose stylist. About half the text consists of transcribed telegrams, minutes, and notes that he wrote in the moment, with after-the-fact interjections to give context, summary, or commentary.

Though the subject is of course de
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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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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)
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“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnanimity
In Peace: Good Will.”
“I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial... I thought I knew a good deal about it all, I was sure I should not fail.” 47 likes
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