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The Gathering Storm: The Second World War, Volume 1 (Winston Churchill World War II Collection) Kindle Edition
|Length: 750 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Language: English|
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It is fascinating to read Churchill's description of some of the key characters in the war: Roosevelt, Stalin, Marshall, Eisenhower, etc. And his writings on when he was Africa and Russia and the meetings he had there and the sights he saw were mesmerizing. Once again, to get through this all I read his writings but skip over all his printed correspondence, notes and speeches he has in the book. I would be dead before I read all of that as well.
This book ends around June of 1943. There is a lot more to come. This is like living history told by a player who was not only there but he was in the thick of it. Thank God he was.
The parallels between what was happening in England and Europe in the 1920s and 30s and what is happening worldwide now, in 2016, is eerily similar. Sometimes I feel I am reading the news instead of a historical chronology.
This is a must read!
Even though Churchill's style is direct and to the point, I would not call this an easy read. I probably spent about 6 weeks on this book. Things that are hard about the book is that most of the generals and government officials Churchill writes about will be unfamiliar to the typical American reader. The same holds true for the geography that is covered in the book, most places were unfamiliar.
One thing is clear in this book is the totality of WWII. Every day there is a new crisis in the different part of the world that Churchill must deal with. The reader will be struck by the amount of different issues that Churchill was cognizant on (everything from high level diplomatic moves with Spain to the developement of anti tank weapons.). The man's breadth of knowledge and competance was amazing. He truly was a man for the ages.
Getting back to the book, Churchill is a great writer and recorder of events. However, he includes much minutiae from his notes and letters that grow somewhat tedious so that I started to skipping over them to get to the next event. For those people who are into World War II, this is a must-read to understanding how many times it could have been avoided.
I also recommend this book for people who don't know much about Eastern Europe. "Europeans" are not just one group of like-minded individuals. They are made up of culturally diverse people with a long history and traditions, something we need to remember when wondering why they don't go along with what the United States government wants.