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I received all six volumes of Churchill's work for Christmas 2015. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). I read through the first 296 pages of volume 1, The Gathering Storm. When I advanced to p.297, I found that the text appeared to jump from the year 1938 to the year 1943. Scanning through the following pages I found that the 1938 text appears to resume on page 328 (albeit not in direct connection with page 296). Thus over 30 pages appeared to be missing / from a later book in the series. This made me wonder if Churchill's later books in the series from HMH have similar defects.
HMH offered to replace. I appreciated the offer, but went to the seller, Barnes & Noble. They agreed to replace the book as well (no postage charge as they're local). So they ordered a replacement (early April 2016). Same defect. They ordered another (late April 2016). Same defect. We're now on the third reorder.
When I reported this to HMH, they seemed nonplussed to the possibility that they've mass-produced a defective product.
I hope someone finds / tells me I am wrong and the book progresses exactly as my copy shows. But until someone confirms this, I recommend: you want to read an excellent treatise on the Second World War? Read these. But get copies from someone other than HMH.
Sep 11, 2008
A World Headed for War
The book, of course, is excellent, written by a great and scholarly man. The delivery of the product itself was timely, the book itself was as described. Only Churchill could explain the times and events leading up to WWII the way he does. A great source of British and world history from someone who was imtimate with many world leaders.
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