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: 302,461

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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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"An important fresh take. . . . Splendidly told. . . . With great skill and felicity, Hastings has given us a rich account and analysis of Churchill and his role in the Second World War. . . . I would recommend it highly both to those who wish an introduction to the subject and to the many who can't get enough of reading about the war and about Churchill." --Peter Stansky, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Hastings is exemplary, as readers of "Armageddon" and "Retribution," his books on the defeat of Germany and Japan, will know, and this book is just as good." --"The New York Times" "Excellent. . . . Hastings is an authoritative writer and "Winston's War "is what readers have come to expect from him: exhaustively researched, scrupulously fair and balanced, and compulsively readable. . . . [Hastings] gives equal attention to Churchill's greatness and his shortcomings, his achievements and his blunders. Despite the small library of books about this legendary figure, he offers fresh insights on every page. . . . Quite simply, this is a marvelous book."' --"The Christian Science Monitor" "A magnificent achievement. . . . 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" "Hastings captures Churchill's mix of charm, exhibitionism, sentimentality, and egotism. . . . [He] writes with the calm and authority that come from long experience and wide reading." --"Times Literary Supplement "(London) "Hastings presents [Churchill] . . . as a ruthless, brandy-gulping Tory with the fire and the guts to beat Hitler. . . . In a crowded field, this is one of the best books ever written about Churchill." --Piers Brendon, "The Sunday Times "(London) "A vivid and incisive portrait. . . . "Winston's War" captures the full range ofp