The Second World War

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The Second World War

By Winston S. Churchill
Houghton Mifflin, 1948
64,987 pp.
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Although it produced many more casualties than the First World War, World War II retained a moral meaning as a titanic struggle of good against evil. And in that struggle, no figure was grander or more heroic than Churchill. His personal account of the interwar years, when he braved ridicule and isolation for standing up to the conciliatory consensus seeking to appease Germany, makes edifying reading for any contemporary politician who is tempted to look first to opinion polls for guidance on serious matters of foreign policy. Like other great memoir writers, Churchill has a fine eye for details of character among the giants (and numerous dwarves) with whom he dealt.