The Second World War 6,, Paperback Book
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Winston Churchill's six-volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War.

Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

Triumph and Tragedy recounts the dramatic months as the War drew to a close - the Normandy landings, the liberation of Western Europe, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780141441771

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Triumph & Tragedy, the sixith and final volume of Churchill's WWII memiors ends on a somber note of regret at not stopping the Russian advance into Western Europe. The memiors remain highly readable and give a complete, if entirely British, account of affairs from the very top. Of course Churchill was correct in his assesment of post-war Soviet intentions, but also less than candid about the debacle of Allied efforts in Italy. I imagine Churchill was difficult to work with but even more difficult to work for. He not only wanted everything to go his way but he wanted to hold all the strings.The memiors are a great achievement and he deserved the Nobel for literature. If you read them, read all six, unabridged volumes that is only just. If an aging Churchill, while still an active party leader, could take the time and effort to write six volumes a reader can surely spare the time to read all six.

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Final chapter of Churchill's WW2 series.

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