The Gathering Storm (The Second World War #1)
Haughton Mifflin, 1948
As with many books and movies, I am driven to read or see them based on their titles. Such was the case with "The Gathering Storm". Of course, I had a good idea of what it was about, and that certainly played its part. I enjoyed the experience though, and perhaps in large part because, it was the fulfillment of a pleasure deferred for over 50 years.
Being the first of six volumes on the subject of the second World War, it covers a period,...more
This is the first volume in which he relates how he tried to warn the world of German rearmament and spoke against the appeasement policy of the western powers. Churchill was a minor politician at that time, after his dismal record during the Great War. He was an eloquent speaker and popular author. However, his political...more
I am on a WWII reading jag right now. This is one of the classics of the genre...the other one, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is sitting on my bookshelf, next! I also admit to being a hu...more
Total reading time was 13 hours, 13 mins, spread across three weeks. I found myself skipping reading during my commutes several times because I was too tired to feel...more
The only reason I don't give it a solid 5 stars is because, like most first volumes in a series, it has to spend a lot of time explain...more
I read this now because I found, among my sister's papers, a thank you note Grampy had written her after she, unfail...more
This would be an excellent start for anyone who wants to come to grips with the diplomatic history between the wars. Many know alls from the right tend to quote Churchill completely out of context . Churchill's warnings, of which this book is principally about, are about Germany, a large and potentially dominating power of Euro...more
This first volume summarizes the time between the wars, with an emphasis on the few years right before war broke out. The Moral and Theme of the work...more
Ovšem popis meziválečného období je napsaný brilantně a nabízí řadu paralel a varování i vůči dnešku...
Bojujeme o návrat vlády zákona a ochranu svobody malých zemí. Naše porážka by znamenala příchod věku b...more
This Epic account of the long build-up to World War II hits you like a medieval axe. It’s sharp, dark and heavy as hell. It sucks you in with an irresistible, yet harrowing force.
It’s an ice cold reality check to see the naive desire for peace lead directly to war. Unlike Churchill, the majority of Europeans in the mid and late 30s failed to see the horrific threat posed by Hitler’s rise. They were blinded by their desire to avoid more war. They pushed disarmament even as Hitler rearmed, and by...more
I was also particularly struck by Churchill's comments on the futility of trying to assess reparations from the defeated powers. He noted that the efforts of the Allies to extr...more