Sir Winston S. Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 "for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values."
Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published.
During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions—including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler—and played an important part in the Allies’ eventual triumph.
One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works.
The second volume of Winston Churchill's six-volume definitive historical and autobiographical account of World War II, Their Finest Hour picks up where The Gathering Storm left off--with the fall of France to Hitler's forces and Britain's stand as the lone defender against the Nazi war machine.
Britain was virtually alone in its definitive stand against Hitler for eight months. Through internal memoranda, personal correspondence, and other contemporary documents, Churchill reveals hidden aspects of the war--such as how much Britain really knew about Germany's plans for invasion and Hitler's attack on Russia; secret negotiations with Spain, the conflicts within the French resistance movement; and an intelligence leak that led to failure in West Africa. As both a witness and a shaper of history during this volatile time, readers can ask for no better guide than Winston Churchill.
In Volume 2 of Winston Churchill's epic four-volume account of British history, he details the turbulent period of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries-taking us from the dramatic clashes of the powerful Tudor and Stuart families through the growth of monarchic power, the Protestant Reformation, England's Civil War, and the discovery of the Americas.
Churchill's prose is eminently readable-making historical characters and events come to life with compelling insight and analysis. As a pre-eminent wartime leader himself, Churchill possessed a unique understanding of the pressures of leadership-and the minds of those who were faced with the burden of shaping
This second-to-last volume of Winston Churchill's wartime speeches, broadcasts, public messages, and other communications take readers through the last significant events of the war leading up to Allied victory.
From D-Day and the invasion of France to war on the Eastern Front, the fate of Poland and the Allied defense against the Nazis' V2 rockets, this collection displays Churchill's oratory skills in their full power. At once lofty, severe, lyrical, and folksy, he is capable of inspiring, amusing, and exhorting his public through brilliant oratory, fiery passion, scathing wit, and clear resolve.
These speeches are fascinating reading even today-both for their historical significance and for the masterful and vastly entertaining writing.
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