The Hinge of Fate : The Second World War, Paperback Book

The Hinge of Fate : The Second World War Paperback

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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 Hinge of Fate describes how the tide of the war gradually turned for Britain and its allies from constant defeat to almost unbroken successes - Japan's successful assault on the Pacific, Britain's attempts to aid a beleaguered Russia and the defeat of Rommel at the Battle of Alamein.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780141441757

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Promises, promises, promises. Churchill's fourth volume of WWII memiors. The tide has turned. Churchill keeps promising Stalin supplies and a second front and not exactly not delivering, just postponing. Not as good as previous volumes, but still compelling.

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Another installment of the masterful telling of the history of the Second World War. The breadth and penetration of Churchill's oversight is quite staggering, and the access to top-level communications paints a vivid picture of the direction of the war. The only fault, as usual, is the omission of any mention of Bletchley Park's output - though the reasons made sense at the time, reading now the lacuna is most noticeable.