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Memoirs of the Second World War Paperback – Abridged, September 17, 1991
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The quintessential account of the Second World War as seen by Winston Churchill, its greatest leader
As Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945, Winston Churchill was not only the most powerful player in World War II but also the free world's most eloquent voice of defiance in the face of Nazi tyranny. Churchill's epic accounts of those times, remarkable for their grand sweep and incisive firsthand observations, are distilled here in a single essential volume. Memoirs of the Second World War is a vital and illuminating work that retains the drama, eyewitness details, and magisterial prose of his classic six-volume history and offers an invaluable view of pivotal events of the twentieth century.
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That's to be expected.
It is one sided with Churchill at times believing in his absolute right and his problems getting his view across to the Americans and the Russians.
At times he lays too much emphasis on the fact that Britain won the war with the "help" of the Allies. And at other times he states that without the Allies Britain would have been sunk.
As confusing and horrible as that time was, reading another book about the American side would be also helpful as we had to fight the Japanese also and it was our POW's on the defensive there. It seems to downplay the effect the Japenese had on the war which was not trivial at all.
Though he seems to describe the battle of Leyete and Midway fairly well.
It's a good read, and it's interesting to see the other "side" of the war from a great man and you won't be sorry to read it.
The figures in human losses and destruction speak for themselves. Mr. Churchill's daring, intelligent role throughout the course of the war deserves the admiration of mankind for the years to come. He has every right to depict all those tragic events in first person, not only as an Allied leader but also because his continually being in motion, calling on world leaders as well as visiting the very battlefronts.
All generations should read this book and draw conclusions on the terrible consequences that lack of good will, ambitions and misunderstandings may bring about.
Ivan Lussich - Montevideo, Uruguay
In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.
I really enjoyed his "proper" English tone and words. By the time I was done reading it, it almost made me wish I had read the full 4,000+ unabridged one. Perhaps one day I will find the time. A must read for anyone getting deep into WWII.