Churchill, Winston, The Second World War. Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 1989. Collector's edition, bound in original publisher's binding in leather.
Presented is a special collector's edition set of The Second World War published by Easton Press. The volumes were published as a six volume set in 1989. This is Winston S. Churchill’s complete six volume classic history of the Second World War and includes: “The Gathering Storm,” “Their Finest Hour,” “The Grand Alliance,” “The Hinge of Fate,” “Closing the Ring,” and “Triumph and Tragedy.” The books are beautifully bound in their publisher's leather bindings, with gilt titles and boards, raised bands to spine and gilt edges.
The Second World War is a definitive history of the period from the end of World War I to July 1945. The book was largely responsible for Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. Churchill wrote the book, with a team of assistants, using both his own notes and privileged access to official documents while still working as a politician. The text was vetted by the Cabinet Secretary. Churchill was largely fair in his treatment, but wrote the history from his personal point of view.
As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking". A man who had always primarily made his living by his pen, Churchill was the only major war leader to give an authoritative account of the conflict, and his ringing phrases seeped into the collective memory.
The moral of the work, as stated on one of the preceding pages, is as follows: “In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Goodwill.”
Very good condition. All books feature their original publishers' leather bindings with gilt tooling to spines and boards, raised bands on spines, gilt titles to spines and gilt edges. The books are all in very good condition with clean internal pages. Binding is mostly tight. Some minor shelf wear.
Dimensions: Each book approx. 9 1/4" H x 6 1/2" W x 2" D.
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