Friday, February 28, 2014

The Gathering Storm by Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was and still is in my humble opinion the greatest commander of the English word as seen from any politician past or present and to perhaps the one man where all the world is surely indebted for we see in this work all the enormous effort he had done on behalf of freedom loving people everywhere to be in the right place at the right time.  A chronicler for the ages through both world wars this is a collection that every student and teacher should consider  must in their study materials for it contains letters, memorandums, treaties, discussion, diary extracts, conversational recall, and tactics all telling the tale from the end o WWI up to the point of Chamberlains resignation and Churchill becoming Minister of Defense.  You will read of Hitler's beginnings of ally capitulations, of Germany's secret rearming process, what was going on with Spain, what happened in Munich, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Prague, Poland, and Norway.  And, you will see what had happened to the gallant French, perhaps for the first time how they fought to maintain a standing army to maintain a defense of their country only to be hindered by their neighbors and caught unawares.  It may come to mind that you may have read about history in school, but you knew nothing until you've  read Churchill's account.  You may also think to yourself that you need to own his works and review them frequently.

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