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  • Title:

    THE SECOND WORLD WAR [The Gathering Storm; Their Finest Hour; The Grand Alliance; The Hinge of Fate; Closing the Ring; Triumph and Tragedy.]

  • Author: Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Date: 1948-54
  • Condition: See description
  • Inches: 8 1/2 x 5 7/8 [Book]
  • Centimeters: 21.59 x 14.92 [Book]
  • Product ID: 308271

A Superb Set of Churchill’s Nobel Prize Winning History of World War II

All first editions, in fine London custom binding.  This six-volume history of the war won Churchill the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for its “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.”

Crafted from Churchill’s own notes, official correspondence, and personal remembrances, with the help of editors from Life magazine, the set has been described as an “invaluable” record of the war. Neither Soviet leader Joseph Stalin nor US president Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote a similar history, and it was serialized in the New York Times.

It details Churchill’s struggles to get the US involved in the war, the sometimes uneasy alliance between the three Allied powers, and the eventual unity and defeat of their enemies. Writing about the success of D-Day, for example, Churchill glowingly portrays the strength that comes from the partnership between the Allied Armies:

Complete unity prevails throughout the Allied Armies. There is a brotherhood in arms between us and our friends of the United States. There is complete confidence in the Supreme Commander General Eisenhower…the ardour and spirit of the troops, as I saw myself embarking in these last few days, was splendid to witness.


6 volumes, 8-1/2" x 5-7/8", illustrated, fold-out maps, bound in 1/2 bright red morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spines, top edges gilt, internally clean and bright, no previous ownership markings, book plates, or inscriptions, inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spines fine, the smallest of discolorations to outer edges of Volume VI.