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.
Once the war was over, the story didn't end-not for Churchill, and not for the West. Volume 4 of Churchill's five-volume series The World Crisis documents the fallout of World War I-including the Irish Treaty, the peace conferences between Greece and Turkey; and news articles from noted contemporaries.
The period immediately after World War I was extremely chaotic-and it takes a genius of narrative description and organization to accurately and accessibly describe it for us. Churchill manages to accomplish this with evident skill, depicting the international disorganization and anarchy present immediately after the war-with the unique perspective of both a historian and a political insider.
This volume contains the last of Churchill's great speeches from World War II, delivered during the final eight months of the global conflict-and the final period of his time in office. The victory expressed in this volume is mixed. These speeches detail Churchill's public reactions to the forming of the United Nations, the death of Roosevelt, the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and, lastly, the election that defeats him.
Perhaps most notable is the "Gestapo" speech of 1945, in which Churchill made a controversial comparison between a Socialist government and the Gestapo-an extremely charged word at that time-that many believe cost him his job as Prime Minister.
In the early years of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill served as Undersecretary of State for the Colonies. During this time, he lobbied for permission to tour and inspect Britain's holdings in East Africa. This book is a travelogue of sorts, documenting Churchill's trip, the people he met, and his thoughts on how Britain might work to improve the lives of East African people under her rule.
This book is a vivid and compelling account of Churchill's travels--and some of the thoughts and suggestions he raises will prove to be prescient. It's fascinating reading for Churchill enthusiasts and those interested in the historical relationship between Britain and its colonies toward the end of the Colonial Era.
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