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Churchill at war : his 'finest hour' in photographs, 1940-1945
Gilbert, Martin, 1936-2015.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton, 2004.

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Carlton Books, 2003.

"Photographs from the archives of the Imperial War Museum"--Jacket.

Includes index.
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DA566.9.C5 G4463 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Churchill at War combines official Churchill biographer Sir Martin Gilbert's authoritative text with almost 200 photographs from the remarkable archive of London's Imperial War Museum to create an unprecedented portrait of Churchill throughout World War II. Whether deep in conversation with world leaders, sharing a joke with dock workers, inspecting bomb-damaged cities, rallying his troops in the theaters of war, picnicking with his generals on the banks of the Rhine, visiting the ruins of Berlin, or celebrating the victory over Germany, Churchill's charisma, strength of character, sense of humor, sensitivity, and love for his country shine out from these images. Churchill at War is an insightful glimpse into the wartime life of the man whose friendship with Franklin D. Roosevelt led to the closest-ever Anglo-American relationship, and whose tireless commitment to defeating Nazism was to prove an inspiration for millions over the decades both at home and abroad. 196 b/w photographs.

Author Notes

Martin Gilbert was born in London, England on October 25, 1936. He was sent to Canada during World War II, but returned on a liner bringing American troops to Britain in preparation for D-day. After national service in the intelligence corps, he was educated at Magdalen College at Oxford. He graduated from Oxford in 1960 and wrote his first book entitled The Appeasers.

In 1961, after a year of research and writing, he was asked to join a team of researchers working for Winston Churchill. At the age of 25, he was formally inducted into the team, doing all of his own research. Gilbert became known as Churchill's official biographer, but he also wrote books on the Holocaust, the first and second world wars, and Jewish history. During his lifetime, he wrote over 80 books including Winston Churchill, Auschwitz and the Allies, The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy, The Jews of Hope: The Plight of Soviet Jewry Today, Shcharansky: Hero of Our Time, Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-Year History of the Jewish People and Their Faith, and In Search of Churchill. He died after a long illness on February 3, 2015 at the age of 78.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A vault of visual treasures for Churchillians, this album displays the man in public on his travels by ship, plane, tank, and foot during World War II. And though many photographs here were posed, such as Churchill's meetings with Stalin and Roosevelt, a healthy number are candid and not often published. In them one can sense the enthusiasm flowing from the crowd to a perambulating, cigar-smoking Churchill as he flashes the victory sign or hoists his hat on his walking stick. Yet compiler Gilbert, Churchill's official biographer, includes snaps that permit the viewer a more ambiguous response--Why are those construction workers glaring or those soldiers so impassive as the great man approaches? Besides capturing varying moods of either strangers or his entourage, Gilbert's compilation nails the image of defiance, determination, and optimism that Churchill quite consciously projected in his visits to bombed cities, munitions factories, and units at the front. More than 200 photos, chronologically arranged with identifying captions by Gilbert, will mesmerize the phalanx of WWII readers. --Gilbert Taylor Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Culled from the archive of London's Imperial War Museum, the 200-plus black-and-white photos collected in this volume show the direct way in which Churchill mobilized England during WWII-showing up at factories and scenes of bomb devastation, striding purposefully and generally projecting an air of forceful dignity, resolve and fellow feeling. Gilbert has been Churchill's official biographer for more than 35 years, and has written six volumes of the biography (as well as publishing 11 volumes of Churchilliana). He evinces a deep understanding of Churchill's own intentions during the years of the "finest hour," and of the inspirational effect they had on a gravely threatened country. Gilbert's captions are informative: "On 20 November [1942], while watching an infantry training in the South Eastern Area, and having seen a squad go over a battle course, [Churchill] showed his own agility-ten days before his sixty-eighth birthday-by walking up one of the greased logs on the course, using his stick." And his summaries of each of the six years covered here judiciously set the stage for the sets of photos that follow. The layout is perfunctory, but Churchill in purposeful action remains oddly electrifying. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.