The Grand Alliance : Volume III, 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.

The Grand Alliance recounts the momentous events of 1941 surrounding America's entry into the War and Hitler's march on Russia - the continuing onslaught on British civilians during the Blitz, Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the alliance between Britain and America that shaped the outcome of the War.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 848 pages, Illustrations, maps
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780141441740



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The third volume of Churchill's six volume memior of WWII deals with the growing strength of Great Britian and the slow, steady involvement of America in the allied cause. The attack on Pearl Harbor takes place less than 100 pages before the end. While The Grand Alliance is a facinating look at the war from the very top, it is sometimes tedious. Churchill's heavy reliance on primary sources almost sinks the book in the middle. Do we really need pages and pages of memos about proposed troop strength? Fortunately, Churchill is an excellent storyteller and comes to the rescue of his memiors just when your eyes are about to close over another telegram that was certainly important at the time, but now seems ponderous. The story at the end of the book about coming home on a "flying boat" instead of by ship is particularly droll. Incidently, Martin Gilbert, who did the introduction to the Folio edition I have, relates that Churchill confessed to not having read this volume.

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