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Book Title: Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI: Finest Hour, 1939-1941|
The author of the book: Martin Gilbert
Date of issue: October 1st 1983
ISBN 13: 9780395344026
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 342 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Read full description of the books Winston S. Churchill, Volume VI: Finest Hour, 1939-1941:In this the most important volume of the great biographical enterprise in which he has been involved for twenty years, Martin Gilbert probes beneath the surface of each of the crucial decisions in which Churchill was involved from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941. In a powerfully documented account he reveals not only how each decision was reached, but precisely what influences lay behind it, whether of individuals, or of information reaching Churchill from the most secret source of British Intelligence.
Drawing on a remarkable diversity of material, including the War Cabinet and other Government records, as well as Churchill's own vast archive of private letters, and piecing together the documents Churchill received and sent with the diaries and letters of his private secretariat and the recollections of those who worked with him at the moments of greatest crisis, Martin Gilbert reveals for the first time the full extent of Churchill's personal contribution to every aspect of the struggle…
It was one of Churchill's inner circle who said to the author: 'We who worked with Churchill every day of the war still saw at most a quarter of his daily task and worries.' Martin Gilbert has pieced together the whole, setting in their context many thousand documents, as well as diary comments and other hitherto scattered and secret evidence, in order to give the fullest, most intimate and most fascinating historical account yet published of the architect of Britain's 'finest hour'. (from the original dust jacket)
Read information about the authorThe official biographer of Winston Churchill and a leading historian on the Twentieth Century, Sir Martin Gilbert was a scholar and an historian who, though his 88 books, has shown there is such a thing as “true history”
Born in London in 1936, Martin Gilbert was educated at Highgate School, and Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with First Class Honours. He was a Research Scholar at St Anthony's College, and became a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford in 1962, and an Honorary Fellow in 1994. After working as a researcher for Randolph Churchill, Gilbert was chosen to take over the writing of the Churchill biography upon Randolph's death in 1968, writing six of the eight volumes of biography and editing twelve volumes of documents. In addition, Gilbert has written pioneering and classic works on the First and Second World Wars, the Twentieth Century, the Holocaust, and Jewish history.
Gilbert drove every aspect of his books, from finding archives to corresponding with eyewitnesses and participants that gave his work veracity and meaning, to finding and choosing illustrations, drawing maps that mention each place in the text, and compiling the indexes. He travelled widely lecturing and researching, advised political figures and filmmakers, and gave a voice and a name “to those who fought and those who fell.”
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