An absorbing history of the outbreak of World War I from a true insider’s point of view, the first volume of Sir Winston Churchill’s five-volume The World Crisis is unsurpassed as both a historical and personal account of the earth-shaking events leading up to World War I. Beginning in 1911, when Churchill was First Lord of the Admiralty, this report is based on thousands of his personal letters and memos.
This first volume of Churchill’s epic series opens with a chilling description of the Agadir Crisis, and provides an in-depth account of naval clashes in the Dardanelles, one of Churchill’s major military failures. It takes readers from the fierce bloodshed of the Gallipoli campaign to the tragic sinking of the Lusitania and the tide-turning battles of Jutland and Verdun—as well as the USA’s entry into the combat theatre. Written in epic, powerful prose, Churchill provides a perspective you won’t find anywhere else: a dynamic insider’s account of events that would shape the outcome of modern history.