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Churchill's War Volume II: Triumph in Adversity Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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David Irving, a remarkable researcher, a brilliant discoverer of documents, and a skillful writer, tells the story well. --Hugh Trevor-Roper

Irving's research is awsome! --Chicago Tribune

Irving's research is awsome! --Chicago Tribune

About the Author

A professional historian of noted distinction, David Irving has researched and written about the Third Reich with passionate insight for many years. His first book, 'The Destruction of Dresden', was just one of several startling international bestsellers, which include 'Churchill's War' and 'Hitler's War'. The son of a Royal Navy commander, he was Educated at Imperial College of Science & Technology and at University College London. He spent a year in Germany working in a steel mill, perfecting his fluency in the language. Among his thirty books, the best known include 'Hitler's War'; 'The Trail of the Fox: The Life of Field-Marshal Rommel'; 'Accident, the Death of General Sikorski'; 'The Rise and Fall of the Luftwaffe', Goebbels: Mastermind of the Third Reich'; 'Nuremberg: The Last Battle'; and 'Goering: a Biography'. He has also translated several works by other authors. He lives in London and is the father of five daughters. He maintains an extensive website, updated daily, dealing with both historical and current events, commenting in his uniquely British way on all matters of import.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1072 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Point Publications; First edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872197159
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872197159
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2006
This book, is not what I expected, I thought I was going to read a two volume bashing on the British leader during World War II. But instead, David Irving once more demonstrates his skills as a thorough researcher and an easy to follow writer. You get an intimate look into the life of Winston Churchill, you learn about his vices, his faults but also you grow to admire him, to admire his dexterity as a cunning, resourceful, manipulative and a brilliant man, you finish reading, the two volumes, understanding why he was the only man capable of being the Prime Minister and why he took the Allies to final victory.

Along the pages you'll learn of a lot that things that happened 'behind the curtain', you'll know of military operations that you never heard to talk of before, as well as familiar topics as the Battle of Britain, the sinking of the Bismark, the Battle of the Atlantic, North Africa: Rommel vs Montgomery, the 'Dambusters', etc. Learn how the United Nations Organization was born, how the Manhattan project was put under way, or why at No.10 Downing Street they knew, beforehand, of every german military operation (and japanese too!); & you'll read about family gossips too.

Let's hope that once David Irving is released from prison, he can conclude writing, and that he publishes the long awaited volume III. I'm sure that in several decades from now, and once this policy, politically motivated, of mental censorship be over, David Irving will go down in history as one of the best WWII historians.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hand on October 21, 2002
This is the second part of Irving's Churchill 'biography'. It is fascinating reading, but tends not to be a easy a read as his first volume. The fact that Irving is not an admirer of his subject is clearly evident, but it seems that only people outside the UK have this uncritical mythic view of Churchill that certainly does not stand up to reality. Personally I find Irving's view of Churchill to be refreshng and probably the most truthful version of the man thats out there to be read. Churchill is painted as an intelligent, uncompromising and rather ruthless individual on one hand and sympathethic, understanding and somewhat noble gentleman on the other. This book is far more ballenced than the worthless and grovelling 'biography' that Martin Gilbert wrote.
Forget all the nonsense and hyperbole that surrounds Irving and his enforced labelling and read the book, in fact I would urge eveybody to read any Irving book and then make up your own mind and not be swayed by the biased opinions of other people.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By N. on September 19, 2006
What I love about David Irving's histories is that they are always written "in the moment" from the subject's point of view. This makes for a very exciting narrative all culled from Irving's deep researches in the archives, diaries, letters, and interviews with people close to the subject. It is like you are reliving history as it actually happens.

The first two volumes of the biography show a very balanced view of Churchill, both postive and negative, as any historian should approach a subject. In many ways, it was Churchill's negative characteristics, his stubborness, vainness, his desperate clutching for political power when it was all but gone, and ruthlessness with his opponents, that proved to be exactly what Britain needed to win its war with Hitler. The negative consequence of this was of course the loss of Britain's Empire and Soviet supremacy in Eastern Europe.

Irving's archive work all over the world has brought forward some amazing gems of knowledge concerning many of Churchill's contemporaries in England, and also of people like Roosevelt and the Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King whose dabblings with mysticism and superstition provide some comic relief to the narrative. More serious and controversial is Churchill's wartime dealings with Stalin.

Much like his biographies of the major players on the German side of the war, Irving has created another historical gem backed by massive documentary detail, this time about the goings on of "our" side. Another stunning achievement.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Short on November 24, 2005
Much like Daivd Irving's earlier books, "War Between the Generals," "Path To War," and "Goring," I am enjoying his three volume set about Winston Churchill. Uncompromising, balanced, and definitely well researched,it brings to light certain issues like Stalin's continuing pressure upon the Allies to create a second front, the assassination of Darlan, and how the different personalities helped form the allies' foreign policies. As a history teacher and a combat veteran, who has also written a book about the uncertainties of war "Arc Light," I have always enjoyed Irving's works, even though, many view him in a negative light. Notwithstanding, it is extremely obvious from my personal experiences and from my years of reading about and also teaching history that official versions of powerful personalities or events are very deceiving and not at all accurate. David Irving dares to bring to light the strengths and weaknesses of Churchill and his overriding determination to make a pact with the devil (Stalin), drag the USA into the war, and defeat Nazi Germany at whatever the cost.
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