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CHURCHILL, Winston S.

The Second World War.

And an Epilogue on the Years 1945 to 1957.

London: Cassell, 1959 Stock Code: 147627
£200.00
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First abridged edition of Churchill's vast memoir of the Second World War, originally published in six volumes between 1948 and 1954. The jacket design, the globe floating in a fiery abyss, is particularly striking.

The Second World War ranks as one of the supreme historical achievements of the 20th century, and is commonly cited as a major factor in Churchill being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953. As Max Beloff observed, there was no statesman of the twentieth century "whose retrospective accounts of the great events in which he has taken part have so dominated subsequent historical thinking".

Churchill contributed a new epilogue for this edition, detailing the aftermath of the war up till 1957, for which he was paid the extraordinary sum of 20,000. The epilogue was also serialized in the Daily Telegraph in 1958, but this is its first appearance in book form.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With dust jacket.

Condition

Light toning to endpapers, spotting to edges, a very good copy in like jacket, spine panel lightly sunned, some shelf wear, price intact.

Bibliography

Cohen A240.8a.

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