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In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War

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Churchill fought the war twice over - as Prime Minister and again as its premier historian. In 1948-54 he published six volumes of memoirs which ... Show synopsis

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BruceHH

History by Historians

by BruceHH on Apr 15, 2009

This book is about the writing of "The Second World War", which was written by a syndicate led by Winston Churchill. Churchill planned to write about the war and was able to have policies put in place allowing him access to papers that others would not. He was alleged to have said we'll leave that to history but "I'll be one of the historians." As with most memoirs, issues were left out, conflated and/or distorted to put the 'author' in the best light possible. This was important to Churchill because he remained in politics. Reynolds does a great job of showing the politics involved in writing Churchill's 'memoir' and of the difficulties in publishing "The Second World War." It's a great book about writing even if you only have time to read the first half.

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QA_laska

Riveting & revealing

by QA_laska on Sep 25, 2008

A fascinating figure, definitely recommended for history buffs.

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