Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945


By (author) Sir Max Hastings

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 555 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 3 May 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0307388719
  • ISBN 13: 9780307388711
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 265,623

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"Winston's War "is a vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime. Here are the glories and triumphs, the contradictions and blunders of the man who, through sheer force of will, kept Britain fighting in 1940. But as the tide of the war turned, historian Max Hastings shows how Churchill was often disappointed by the failure of the British Army to match his hopes on the battlefield, and by the difficulties of sustaining the wartime alliance not only with the Soviet Union, but also with the United States. With surprises on almost every page, "Winston's War" is a riveting profile of one of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century.

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Author information

Max Hastings is the author of more than twenty books, most recently "Retribution." He has served as a foreign correspondent and as the editor of Britain's "Evening Standard" and "Daily Telegraph" and has received numerous British Press awards, including Journalist of the Year in 1982 and Editor of the Year in 1988. He lives outside London.

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"A magnificent achievement. After the vast number of works on Churchill that have appeared in the last sixty-five years, one could be forgiven for thinking everything significant must already have been said, but Winston's War is something fresh and different . . . One of those rare books that create in the reader a palpable feeling of the excitement, fear, frustration, grief, dread, all-too-occasional elation, and numbing fatigue of those critical days." --"New York Review of Books" "It is phenomenally difficult to unearth fresh stories and anecdotes about a man as widely and deeply covered historically as Winston Churchill, yet Hastings succeeds again and again . . . . [N]one can fail to admire [Hastings's] archival tenacity and sheer authorial reach. His chapter on Churchill in Athens in Christmas 1944 is worth the price of the book alone." --Andrew Roberts, "The Daily Telegraph" "Although there have been a number of books recently about the Allied leaders in th