Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945

Max Hastings, Sir, Author . Knopf $35 (576p) ISBN 978-0-307-26839-6

Military historian Hastings (Retribution: The Battle for Japan, 1944–45 ) adds to his illustrious reputation with this magnificent analysis of Winston Churchill’s years of greatness. In 1938 Churchill seemed a man bypassed by history. By 1945 he had become the greatest war leader Britain ever knew and has since achieved mythic status, “standing higher than any other single human being at the head of the forces of light.” During WWII Churchill wielded more power than any British prime minister in history but remained a democrat. He raised his nation far higher in the Grand Alliance than its material contributions justified. Hastings recognizes Churchill’s strategic errors, his misplaced enthusiasms. Britain’smilitary leaders and military systems often disappointed his soaring hopes. His understanding of the empire and its peoples was limited and unenlightened. His indifference to building a new society resulted in his being turned out of office as the guns fell silent. But “the outcome justified all,” in his eyes. Churchill’s strength of will, rhetoric, and personality enabled the British to understand the reasons for their sacrifices and made Britain’s end as a great power a heroic one. 32 pages of photos, 8 maps. (Apr. 30)

Reviewed on: 02/08/2010
Release date: 04/01/2010
Genre: Nonfiction
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