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  • Paperback: 4736 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Box Rei edition (May 9 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039541685X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395416853
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.6 x 13 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 19 2003
Format: Paperback
The man was absolutely amazing - switching parties, positions, ideologies, a painter, a traveler, a politician and most of all, a leader of his beloved Britain. He served his country well at numerous positions from the Admiralty to MP (from multiple areas and multiple parties) to 10 Downing Street. But most of all, he is known by his unflagging strength and brilliant, fortifying speeches during WWII.
Today he is quoted by those who think intervention is the only sound policy in response to potential terror. He was prescient in his warnings about the necessity of confronting evil but the nation turned its head (and suffered the consequences). This account, in his inimitable style, is a masterly work. He traces the reasons for conflict, the beginnings, the internal political machinations, the movers and shakers, the battles, the trials and the final push.
The work succeeds on three levels: Historical, literary and personal. It should be required reading for students today who would learn more history between these pages than in any boring class. Again and again he stresses that the past must be studied if future errors are to be avoided and that past actions determine/predicate future activities. For him, it was easy to see the logical outcome of Hitler's ever-spreading land grab. His old-fashioned morality spoke to him, telling him that it was quite silly to expect rulers who terrorize their own people to uphold internation laws of civility.
In the end, he issued a warning about Soviet Russia who he had always regarded with contempt. His "iron curtain" reference became an everyday term for the next fifty years. Buy these works for someone you care about - or give yourself a treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J R Zullo on Feb. 24 2003
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Most people have the feeling that Winston Churchill won a nobel prize. Since Churchill was the 1st minister of the United Kingdom during most of the Second World War, it's natural for them to think CHurchill won the Nobel Peace Prize for achievements during the war. That's not the truth. Churchill won the Nobel Prize for LITERATURE in 1953, accordingly to the Scandinavian institution, "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values".
Among the books that granted Churchill the Nobel Prize is "The second world war". This book is a history lesson about WWII. Even if it's more than 1000 pages in length, it's never a tedious reading, even if it becomes very dense at some parts.
Churchill was always in the center of the war, as a politician. "The second world war" is a book about the War's politics. All the motives and reasons behind the war are toroughly explained, as well as all the war's developments during the toughest six years in the history of humanity.
Being a book mostly about politics, I felt at some times the lack of battle field scenes; being a book mostly about the war in Europe and northern Africa, I felt I wanted more information about the war in the Pacific. But it's undertandable that "The second world war" doesn't go very deep in these subjects, because Churchill writes mostly about what he was part of, so much so that in Brazil the title of this book is "Memoirs of the second world war". And that's what it is: Churchill's memories of what he was part of during WWII.
So, it's not a complete book about the war, and it couldn't possibly be, but it's a fundamental book for readers to understand the war in a political way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on Aug. 26 2003
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It must have taken me darn near a year to read all six volumes in this work. They're inconceivably great. They're certainly not fast reading (as evidenced by how long it took for me to complete the set), but they're truly awe inspiring. As I read through the work, the same thing kept running through my head: if it weren't for this man (Winston Churchill), we'd all be speaking German right now. There's no doubt about it. It's amazing that this set doesn't form the reading for a required course for every person in America. I don't know about the education system in Britain, but if it's not required reading there, something has truly gone wrong with that country. I can't stress enough how much I mean it when I say: "you MUST read these works."
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Captain Cook on Sept. 22 2001
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The Second World War is a story that will never grow cold. This was a historical drama on a massive scale and all those who participated in that titanic struggle have an assured collective immortality. Churchill was the leading rhetorician of the war. Deeply involved in the war himself as the leader of the embattled British Empire, the words he spoke and wrote have shaped the way we see the events of that stormy time.
It might be supposed, therefore, that his history of the war is the best testament of this pivotal moment in human history. I would beg to differ. As the chief rhetorician of the war, he was also one of the chief distorters of its events. In this book, the propaganda expediencies that were vital to maintain the flagging morale of the war-weary British people, have been coined into so-called facts and passed off as the genuine currency of historical truth.
Those events with which Churchill was most involved are the ones most distorted in his account. Although he has the image of the great war leader, Churchill's tactical and strategical mistakes were so many and so destructive that it is a miracle that Britain survived. Perhaps there was little he could have done to prevent the overwhelming German victory of 1940, but in 1941 he was responsible for one disaster after another. In North Africa, the one bright spot at this time, the British army was driving back a larger Italian force and threatening to drive Axis forces from the entire continent. Rather than achieve this worthy goal, Churchill uprooted the victorious army and sent it off to Greece, where it immediately suffered ignoble defeat. Fleeing back to Africa, the British troops left behind most of their heavy equipment in a second Dunkirk.
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