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The Grand Alliance: The Second World War, Volume 3 (Winston Churchill World War II Collection) Kindle Edition
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The maps do not fare too well in the Kindle format, but my small smartphone screen may be to blame for that. This problem was not a real barrier to understanding, the text was so good. I ordered the paperback first (the Mariner Books edition, ISBN 039541055X) and thus got a big discount on the Kindle version,
Churchill's prose is scholarly, but clear and absorbing as well. I only ran across one word (limitrophe) that was a total stranger to me, and the good old Google search window solved that. (Hint: that word is not in either English dictionary for Kindle - US or UK).
If you are looking for a lot of U.S. history here, this is not the book for you as the U.S. is mentioned only in passing.
I am the furthest person from an anglophile as you will ever meet, but if you are interested in history at all, this book is a must read.
There are indeed some minor typos in the text--clearly the result of OCR errors when the physical text of the book was scanned. The publisher, Rossetta Books, is guilty of failing to catch and correct these errors. They are not, however, so numerous or so heinous as to make the book difficult for me to read with pleasure. A typical error, for example, is that the word "ministers" is routinely transliterated as "ministen." This is perhaps due to the fact that in some mid-century typefaces the "rs" combination was turned into a single connected character which would look like an "n" to OCR software. One's brain does need to be a bit agile to tune out these typos. They are a problem, but not a big one.
Some reviewers have complained about the quality of the illustrations. I agree that one or two maps are too small to be useful, but the vast majority of them (particularly the battle maps) display quite well on my K3. Do remember that you can enlarge any illustration by moving your cursor onto it and then clicking. Having the Kindle edition of the book is actually preferable to trying to consult the maps in a small paperback. Since one can download the book onto multiple Kindle readers at one time, I find it best to display the relevant map on one device while reading the text on another. This makes it very easy to follow the movements of the various forces.
Finally, several reviewers complain that the book causes their K2 to crash. Happily, that has not been my experience. It is every bit as readable on my K2 as on my K3.
At its current price of $2.99, Winston Churchill's "Their Finest Hour" is a very sweet deal indeed.