Triumph and Tragedy (The Second World War, #6)
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From the Allied landings in Normandy in June 1944 the Second World War had only fourteen months to run. This final volume of the account covers events right up to the unconditional surrender of Japan. 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 m...more
947 pages
Published March 1st 2008 (first published 1953)
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The final volume of Churchill's incredible history of WW II. There's absolutely nothing else like it, and he turns in another masterpiece. The things people quote most often are his bitterness about being voted out of office just as the war is ending, and Stalin's bare-faced lies concerning the atom bomb. He claimed to know nothing about it, which Churchill believed, but it later turned out that he'd had a spy in place who'd passed out all the secrets.

But here's the bit that made the greatest i...more
This is the last of Churchill's volumes on WWII. This one had a different tone than the other ones. Perhaps because the issues in this volume had not been resolved at the time of writing, or perhaps because Churchill himself was disappointed at how things ultimately turned out (apart from winning the war that is). The theme of this volume is telling:

How the great democracies triumphed, and so were able to resume the follies which had so nearly cost them their life.

Not bitter about being kicked...more
David Rubin
This volume concludes Winston Churchill's six-volume history of World War II. As previously noted, this is a highly personalized history, closely revolving around the Prime Minister's own participation in the military and political activities during the war. The book is constructed of two interwoven approaches: a narrative, chronological history of the war and a set of source material composed of telegrams, letters, and notes sent and received during the course of the action. Much of the latter...more
Having read the entire six-volumes series over the last few months, it was chilling to read about the missed opportunities, appeasement and general unwillingness to confront the looming Soviet threat that would take nearly four decades to undo.

With a recalcitrant Iran and a distracted Europe, this series is a powerful warning that our generation faces similar choices to those that confronted Churchill and the West in the years before WW2. I have little faith that today's leaders in Europe and th...more
Julián Arce Sanchez
Finally, I managed to finish all 6 volumes of Churchill's account of World War II

I came upon this books on an Amazon sale, been for some time interested on reading them and couln't resist the urge. Took me around 8-9 months to finish them all.

The overall series of books I would rate as 4 start. I found it to be novel (lol) way to read about WWII. Basically Churchill follows events by commenting on his conversations, and mail exchange with military and political leaders. The fact that you get to...more
Josh Craddock
Napoleon wrote that "One can never foresee the consequences of political negotiations placed under the influence of military events." Among wartime statesmen, Churchill was presciently aware of the potential political situations created by wartime events. While FDR was slow to admit to Stalin's ambitions in Eastern Europe, Churchill saw clearly. FDR was fading fast and could not act; Truman did not the grasp the world problem and could not know. The USA had no coherent design, while Britain coul...more
Interesting insight. Amazing how he, just like before the war started, could so well predict what was to come. How might the world have been different if he had been listened to.
The final chapter of Churchill's personal view of WWII. Almost worth just for Churchill's writing in addition to the insights he provides.
Jack Gibson
And so ends my read of the entirety of Winston Churchill's 'The Second World War'. Background research has shown to me that the writing of these memoirs were triggered by people's opinions being proclaimed about his war conduct and he therefore decided, being true to his statement of "history will be the judge, but I will be one of the historians", to compose the memoirs from his perspective of WW2 and all that surrounded it.

As we see the build up and happening of VE and VJ, the memoirs close wi...more
Michael Scott
+++ Yalta, then Quebec, then Moscow. The Russian promises.
+++ How Stalin breaks every promise, following in the footsteps of Hitler.
+++ The German surrender.
++/-- The A-Bomb. On its use and what would have happened without it. Many questions remain and the treatment is marginal.
+++ The establishment of the Iron Curtain.
+++ Much on the problem of (New) Poland. The Russification. The puppet Government. The killing or imprisonment of opposition, with Soviet help. The bribe offered by Stalin, in th...more
Triumph and Tragedy
Winston Churchill
Houghton Mifflin, 1953

This is the final volume of the series on the Second World War. As with all the other volumes, Churchill states a "Theme of the Volume" on one of the cover pages. The theme here is utterly predictive of the content: "How the Great Democracies Triumphed, and so Were able to Resume the Follies Which Had so Nearly Cost Them Their Life". This theme constitutes the book ends for the entire work: it begins with Churchill warning of the existent...more
Winston Churchill found himself with a lot of time on his hands at the end of the war. Part of his personal tragedy was to suddenly discover, not long after the fall of Berlin but before the bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that he was no longer wanted by the British electorate. That is how "Triumph and Tragedy" ends, with a personal note of sourness, although with little explanation as to the why and wherefore of his own political demise. The truth lay perhaps in the real nature of the man...more
Kory Klimoski
This was one of the better series of books I've read about the WWII. Churchill had a unique perspective on the subject and I suppose that makes him one of the better tale tellers. The only thing that I find humorous about his writing is that he seems to under-emphasize the part that Patton had to play during the war. Like all Brits he is a diehard Montgomery advocate. I don't blame him, but he could have been more objective about the Patton. I still liked the series and am very glad I read them...more
Tim Mygatt
Incredibly insightful. This account stands alone in a genre not commonly attempted: the voluntary revelation of one's choices and actions during a moment of tremendous testing, a moment when those choices and actions could easily be second-guessed. Of course, the outcome of the war made this an easier task than it would be for some; history is written by the victors and all that. But what gives these books there power is the tremendous amount of primary material in them -- letters and papers wri...more
Listened from Audible. Conclusion of the series and an incredible review of the political maneuverings occurring toward the end of WWII leading up to, and resulting from the Yalta conference and the various responses to Yalta by the involved parties. Not as compelling as Volume III of the series, but the most educational and forward looking of all 4 volumes.

The Epilogue would get 5 stars if it was its own book. Churchill was a visionary, and his descrtiption of the world that came to be, even 5...more
Doug Dams
The sixth and final volume of Churchill's WWII memoirs. This book tells the story of d-day till the end of the war. You see Churchill and Roosevelt planning for the end of the war and how to prevent the next war. You also see how Stalin distrusts the Roosevelt-Churchill friendship. The book is as good as the previous ones. It ends up with Churchills defeat in the first post-war election and how it disappointed him. All in all, I learned a great deal from these books about WWII. It also lets you...more
James Violand
Jun 28, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
Winston Churchill I consider the greatest man of the 20th century. This is his personal account - warts and all - of the allied struggle to save Europe and the betrayal by Stalin in the aftermath of the Second World War. Brilliant.
What can I say to this series, this account of the Second World War that was compiled from memory and mere memoranda (he kept no personal notes). Simply the best account of the Second World War that any person within his rank and file ever compiled. I loved every page, every turn, every concern during the reading of Sir Churchill's experience of this war.

The very good part for me is that Sir Max Hastings "Winston's War" is released and I believ will dove tail to this event as a whole. I will rea...more
John Nelson
The final volume of Churchill's six-volume history/memoir of WWII. This volume covered the final stages of the defeat of Germany and Japan, as well as negotiations between the Allies on the shape of the post-war world and the beginning of the cold war. Churchill overstated Britain's military contribution to the defeat of the Axis, and I got the impression that he held back from saying what he really thought about the negotiations with Stalin at the end of the war. Still, it was an interesting an...more
This is the final book in Winston Churchill's epic series on WWII. Not only is this the one of the finest and most exhaustive accounts of the war, but it provides a perspective from one of the three most pivotal players in that conflict. This final book chronicles the winding up scenes in both European and Pacific theaters and the fateful negotiations that led to the rise of Communism in Eastern Europe.
Final book in this abridged version of the original 6 vol series. The "tragedy" part is what Joseph Stalin planned to do with Eastern Europe and his goals of world domination which led to the Cold War. Very interesting recounting of Churchill's interplay with Stalin and Truman. This series is really 2/3rds the British history of the war and 1/3rd Churchill's memoir of these years.
Tim Thomas
Prescient. Foresees the Cold War, the E U, the nuclear arms race, his own future. Pithy and masterful. As the stone reads at Wesminster Abbey, "Remember Winston Churchill." Statesman. Politician. Leader. Nation builder. Intellectual. Genius. Master of the written and spoken word. Sir Winston. In London. In San Francisco. In the world. My next stop? Chartwell.
Russell Hamilton
400 pages through Churchill's final war volume and you can hear the pain in Churchill's voice as he discusses the beginnings of the Allies failures to deal swiftly with Stalin's power grab of Poland. It sounds like FDR's failing health at the time certainly played a part in their inability to take a tough stand with Uncle Joe.
Excellent finale to Churchill's account of WWII and its climax. Also added was his Epilogue dated 1957 where he discusses the aftermath of the war and what might have been done to prevent the eastern European nations from falling under the umbrella of communism. Excellent style and reading
Jera Gunther
I really like to read Winston Churchill. This book was more about leadership decisions and battles at the end of WWII and I would have liked more details about other things that were going on at the end of the war. That is very vague, but I don't know how else to say it at this moment.
Manoli Strecker
Much more tragedy than triumph. Churchill is incredibly bitter about the outcomes of Yalta and Potsdam, Russian double-dealing, and of course the outcomes of the British general election. But it's an undeniably far-sighted look at the upcoming Cold War.
Derek Digglesworth

This whole series was excellent. If you can get past the length then they are a definite read if you enjoy books on World War II
Joao Trindade
Funny that Winston ends the tail of the 2nd world war exactly on the day he presents the resignation as prime minister.

I loved reading the various issues but please note that this is a very partial (and interesting) view of the events.
Mike Harper
Overall, Churchill's six-volume history of WWII is fascinating reading. This isn't the best volume in the set, though, as it highlights Churchill's unhappiness with his treatment by the electorate.
Fascinating, although the ending is a bit rushed. I've read the whole series, and really enjoyed it. Difficult (as a non-historian) to tell how partisan it is, though. Very, probably.
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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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