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Triumph and Tragedy (The Second World War) Paperback – May 9, 1986
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His long history of the Second World War continues with "The Hinge of Fate." Although he was personally assured that the American entry into the war meant the ultimate defeat of Germany, he still had to see to the day to day running of the war machine, and counter the perverse effects of both German victories and British pessimism. Now began, as well, the long battle with Stalin about opening up a second front in France, to take some of the heat off the Russian armies in the East. In fact, his relationship with the Russian leader is one of the most interesting sources of anecdotal references throughout this series.
This is history being well told by a man who was, while perhaps not a trained historian as such, so steeped in the history of his family and his country, that he an utterly unique point of view. The fact that he was also a central figure in the war itself, means that we have, if you like, a one in a million chance victory on our hands, as though we had just won a lottery of sorts, by being able to read him.
This volume is well named as there is much offensive and defensive struggles going on in the Pacific theater, the African desert and the Eastern front. All three Allied countries were up to their necks in trouble, and the Axis forces still had the upper hand. It wasn't until Alamein, on the African coast that the hinge turned in favor of the Allies. Churchill states that "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat." Some of the most interesting parts of the book are Churchill's relationships with Stalin and FDR. Much has been written about these and it is nice to get Churchill's views and opinions about these men and the struggles they faced. Churchill acted, in many ways, the diplomat and statesman greasing the way between the Allied powers and paving the way for Torch (French North Africa), Bolero (Administrative preparations for invasion of France) and soon Overlord (France liberation 1944).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the fourth of Winston Churchill's six volumes on WWII. Riveting, brilliant, superbly documented and written as only Winston Churchill could!Published 5 days ago by B.S. Attar
Read the entire 6 volumes. Very instructive of behind the scenes thinking of leadership during one of the World's most challenging times.Published 20 days ago by Linda Burns
Biased but no one ever had a better command of the English language.Published 5 months ago by Robert Gillham
Classic history in the making. Explains the formation of todays Europe.Published 7 months ago by Gabriel Echavarria
Although old (1953) and a Book of the Month Club Edition, this hardback is a wonderful historical book written by Winston S. Churchill. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. M. C.