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The first volume of Winston Churchill's six-volume memoirs as a statesman and leader during World War II, The Gathering Storm begins with his thoughts on World War I--and how its ending laid the foundations for the next global conflict. As a military and political leader during both wars, Churchill was well placed to give readers a behind-the-scenes tour of history as it was being created, by a man who had a definitive part in shaping it.

The volume continues with contemporary letters and memoranda from the British government documenting the country's terrifying descent into war. As Prime Minister during World War II, Churchill possessed a unique understanding of these documents' connection to historical events--and guides the reader through them with vivid narrative skill.

Topics: Government, Made into a Movie, Adolf Hitler, Diplomacy, Winston Churchill, Nazis, Politics, Military, World War II, France, Norway, Austria, Germany, England, Series, and First Person Narration

Published: RosettaBooks on Jul 1, 1948
ISBN: 9780795308321
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This may be one of the most important books of the twentieth century, written by one of its greatest heroes. Churchill, a lone voice against tyranny for so long, did everything he could to sound the warning bell against fascism. In the end--although so very late--they listened. In the end, the Allies were victorious. And in the end, we have this brilliant account from which to learn of the follies of the past, in order to preserve our future from tyranny.read more
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"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." And he did. This compulisively readable account of Europe between the wars and from 09/39 to 05/40 covers European diplomatic history, shifts in British politics, Britian's unwillingness to prepare for war, Hitler's rise to power and German re-armament. It ends with the invasion of France/the Low Countries and Chuchill's ascent to Prime Minister of a National Government. For all it's readablity and heavy use of documentation and primary sources, this is still a memior and sometimes self-serving.read more
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It wouldn't be an understatement to call this one of the most important works of history of the twentieth century. The first of six volumes by Winston Churchill this book chronicles the period between the end of the First World War, through the growing German and Italian threats to the peace, and into the war as far as the Battle of France. To say that this book is well written would be a substantial understatement. Churchill has a way with the English language that is very rarely seen which serves to enliven a story that has been done to death in the decades since this was originally published. As a participant at the highest levels of government throughout most of the period of this book, and especially after the start of the war, there is an added level of clarity, moral force, and insights that are often lost in most examinations of the period. Of particular note I found were the various descriptions of those principal actors such as Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, and Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov. Contrary to my expectations, Chamberlain himself is not vastly attacked by Churchill in any substantially prolonged way, especially after Munich when his demeanor changed drastically - a better accounting of the failures of the prewar government fall to Baldwin as it stands in this account for putting party over country. On the whole much of the emphasis in this volume is placed on the prewar era, and rightfully so - while the period described from September 1939 to May 1940 is also of the highest quality it does drag at some points with Churchill's descriptions of the Norway campaign which are perhaps too long considering the rapidly approaching thunderstorm that was making its way to fruition on the continent.This said, while this series can be viewed as a history of the war it is better viewed as a serious of war memoirs from one of the most important figures of the war and should inevitably rest on the shelves of any respectful reader of the Second World War.Of note for this volume itself are several very nicely done maps - particularly as they relate to the Polish campaign, Scapa Flow, the naval battle against the Graf Spee, and the Norway campaign. A variety of useful appendixes are also included, particularly those relating to naval affairs considering Winston's position as First Lord of the Admiralty from the start of the war until his assumption of the duties of the office of the Prime Minister.read more
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This is the first of a series of six books written by Winston Churchill on World War Two. This is a very good, very well-written on am important subject. Winston Churchill was at the center of events during the entire war, being Prime Minister for almost all of it. This was a unique perspective on the war. This is history related by the man who, in many cases, made the history.The book has many details of memory and records. The appendix has important documents for those who want more information. The writing is by a master of the English language who is a seasoned writer. The combination of political leader and writer of power is without precedent.For those interested in World War Two, for those interested in Twentieth Century history these books are imperative. I don't think you can really understand the period without reading and understanding this set of books. I cannot recommend them too much.read more
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There is a lot of good stuff in this. Some of the highlights for me are listed here.Churchill describes the foreign policy of England for the past 400 years as this: Pressing against whatever European power which took it upon itself to over-run other countries. Regardless of which power (France, Italy, Germany, etc.), they would resist aggressive behavior.He also makes the point that one must make one's decisions from one's own conscience instead of from fear of man. There were many times when he took an unpopular stand and thought he had wiped out his future, only to find several years later that the country's opinion had swayed back towards his own.Quiseling-a German man who befriended Norway and then turned on her without warning and took over from within for Germany. There were many other Germans with him who did this but he was their leader. What an honor to have your name become an insult!I enjoyed reading this very much. It makes so many ideas and snippits of history come into focus.read more
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Excellent review of the early beginnings of WWII. Churchill has the advantage not only of having lived this portion of history, but also the records of the Nuremberg trials and his own personal journals. Very readable.read more
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This may be one of the most important books of the twentieth century, written by one of its greatest heroes. Churchill, a lone voice against tyranny for so long, did everything he could to sound the warning bell against fascism. In the end--although so very late--they listened. In the end, the Allies were victorious. And in the end, we have this brilliant account from which to learn of the follies of the past, in order to preserve our future from tyranny.
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"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." And he did. This compulisively readable account of Europe between the wars and from 09/39 to 05/40 covers European diplomatic history, shifts in British politics, Britian's unwillingness to prepare for war, Hitler's rise to power and German re-armament. It ends with the invasion of France/the Low Countries and Chuchill's ascent to Prime Minister of a National Government. For all it's readablity and heavy use of documentation and primary sources, this is still a memior and sometimes self-serving.
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It wouldn't be an understatement to call this one of the most important works of history of the twentieth century. The first of six volumes by Winston Churchill this book chronicles the period between the end of the First World War, through the growing German and Italian threats to the peace, and into the war as far as the Battle of France. To say that this book is well written would be a substantial understatement. Churchill has a way with the English language that is very rarely seen which serves to enliven a story that has been done to death in the decades since this was originally published. As a participant at the highest levels of government throughout most of the period of this book, and especially after the start of the war, there is an added level of clarity, moral force, and insights that are often lost in most examinations of the period. Of particular note I found were the various descriptions of those principal actors such as Stanley Baldwin, Neville Chamberlain, and Soviet Foreign Minister Molotov. Contrary to my expectations, Chamberlain himself is not vastly attacked by Churchill in any substantially prolonged way, especially after Munich when his demeanor changed drastically - a better accounting of the failures of the prewar government fall to Baldwin as it stands in this account for putting party over country. On the whole much of the emphasis in this volume is placed on the prewar era, and rightfully so - while the period described from September 1939 to May 1940 is also of the highest quality it does drag at some points with Churchill's descriptions of the Norway campaign which are perhaps too long considering the rapidly approaching thunderstorm that was making its way to fruition on the continent.This said, while this series can be viewed as a history of the war it is better viewed as a serious of war memoirs from one of the most important figures of the war and should inevitably rest on the shelves of any respectful reader of the Second World War.Of note for this volume itself are several very nicely done maps - particularly as they relate to the Polish campaign, Scapa Flow, the naval battle against the Graf Spee, and the Norway campaign. A variety of useful appendixes are also included, particularly those relating to naval affairs considering Winston's position as First Lord of the Admiralty from the start of the war until his assumption of the duties of the office of the Prime Minister.
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This is the first of a series of six books written by Winston Churchill on World War Two. This is a very good, very well-written on am important subject. Winston Churchill was at the center of events during the entire war, being Prime Minister for almost all of it. This was a unique perspective on the war. This is history related by the man who, in many cases, made the history.The book has many details of memory and records. The appendix has important documents for those who want more information. The writing is by a master of the English language who is a seasoned writer. The combination of political leader and writer of power is without precedent.For those interested in World War Two, for those interested in Twentieth Century history these books are imperative. I don't think you can really understand the period without reading and understanding this set of books. I cannot recommend them too much.
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There is a lot of good stuff in this. Some of the highlights for me are listed here.Churchill describes the foreign policy of England for the past 400 years as this: Pressing against whatever European power which took it upon itself to over-run other countries. Regardless of which power (France, Italy, Germany, etc.), they would resist aggressive behavior.He also makes the point that one must make one's decisions from one's own conscience instead of from fear of man. There were many times when he took an unpopular stand and thought he had wiped out his future, only to find several years later that the country's opinion had swayed back towards his own.Quiseling-a German man who befriended Norway and then turned on her without warning and took over from within for Germany. There were many other Germans with him who did this but he was their leader. What an honor to have your name become an insult!I enjoyed reading this very much. It makes so many ideas and snippits of history come into focus.
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Excellent review of the early beginnings of WWII. Churchill has the advantage not only of having lived this portion of history, but also the records of the Nuremberg trials and his own personal journals. Very readable.
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