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ISBN: 0713998199
Author: David Reynolds
Language: English
Publisher: Gardners Books; First Edition edition (October 31, 2004)
Pages: 672
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.4
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In Command of History is a major work that forces us to reconsider much received wisdom about World War I.

In Command of History is a major work that forces us to reconsider much received wisdom about World War II. It also peels back the covers from an unjustly neglected period of Churchill’s life, his second wilderness years, 1945-1951. During this time Churchill, now over seventy, wrote himself into history, politicked himself back into 10 Downing Street, and delivered some of the most vital oratory of his career, including his pivotal iron curtain speech

Awarded Britain's Wolfson History Prize, this highly readable book by Cambridge historian Reynolds supplies the . David Reynolds historical masterpiece of Churchill writing the first total history of the Second World War gives a new take on viewing contemporary history.

Awarded Britain's Wolfson History Prize, this highly readable book by Cambridge historian Reynolds supplies the backstory to Churchill's massive postwar publishing project: the epic The Second World Wa.

The Second World War (book series). The Second World War is a history of the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945, written by Winston Churchill. Churchill labelled the "moral of the work" as follows: "In War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Goodwill"

In his book Reynolds writes that Churchill was writing history within history After the Second World War, Churchill wrote a multi-volume memoir and history of the war. The Conservative party's loss of the 1945 British election, o. .

In his book Reynolds writes that Churchill was writing history within history. He was not writing about events of long ago in which the protagonists were long gone. The book is divided into 6 sections to correspond with the 6 volumes. After the Second World War, Churchill wrote a multi-volume memoir and history of the war. The Conservative party's loss of the 1945 British election, of which he was the leader, gave him more time to work on this project than he had expected (or wanted just then).

From world war to cold war. Also by David Reynolds . The Creation of the Anglo-American Alliance, 1937–1941: A Study in Competitive Cooperation. An Ocean Apart: The Relationship between Britain and America in the Twentieth Century (with David Dimbleby). Although we normally date the Second World War from September 1939, the catalytic moment came in May–June 1940, with the fall of France in only six weeks. The surprise collapse of what still seemed the strongest power in Europe transformed the Continental balance of power.

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IN COMMAND OF HISTORY Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World Wa. the Second World War. By David Reynolds.

IN COMMAND OF HISTORY Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War. 631 pp. Random House. Except, that is, when the historian in question is Winston Churchill and the book in question is a description of a war in which he played a starring role. That is the subject that David Reynolds, a professor of international history at Cambridge University, has chosen for himself.

David Reynolds is Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College

David Reynolds is Professor of International History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Christ's College. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard University and Nihon University, Tokyo. His most recent book is the prize-winning In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War. Bibliografische Informationen. From World War to Cold War: Churchill, Roosevelt, and the International History of the 1940s.

The Second World War is a history of the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945, written by.

The Second World War is a history of the period from the end of the First World War to July 1945, written by Winston Churchill.

Churchill fought the war twice over - as Prime Minister and again as its premier historian. This book forces us to reconsider much received wisdom about the war and illuminates an unjustly neglected period of his life - the Second Wilderness Years of 1945-51, when Churchill, now over seventy, wrote himself into history, politicked himself back into Downing Street and delivered some of the most important speeches of his career.

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lacki
This book takes a fascinating look at Churchill's great memoir of WWII, and explores how it came to be from the platoon of experts that Churchill paid to help him research and write it, the wide circle of colleagues inside and outside of the British government that helped vet it and the lawyers and agents that crafted a structure that enabled Churchill to launch the project in the first place without having to give most of his earnings back to the government in the form of taxes. Author Reynolds also does a marvelous job of critiquing the memoir informing the reader as to how the great British leader sometimes skewed events to shine a more favorable light on his own (or others') actions, protected the reputations of some while gutting others. It's great storytelling for those who remain fascinated by the war, Churchill's role in it and how Churchill helped to shape historical perspective for decades after the allied victory.
Capella
This is a brilliant book! It is extremely well researched and written and tells a powerful and interesting story.

"In Command of History" is the history of a series of books - Winston Churchill's monumental and authoritative "The Second World War", his six-volume narrative of Great Britain in World War II. "In Command of History" is also many other things, including a book about World War II, the Cold War,and Churchill himself.

Perhaps the underlying theme of this book is that histories and memoirs written by politicians are not to be totally trusted for their aim is not historical accuracy, but rather to enhance the own political and military reputations and to vindicate their leadership.

Author David Reynolds writes about Churchill with an honesty and insight that is refreshing, covering every aspect of the British leader and his work. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book was the ability of Churchill to use classified documents that would not be available to historians for many years to come. Equally interesting are the many documents that were available but not used because they would have cast the author in an unfavorable light.

Certainly one of the most contentious issues that Reynold addresses is Churchill's resistance to Operation Overlord, the Allied Cross Channel invasion of the France. After the war the British leader expended a great deal of energy to show that he supported the invasion, but Reynolds research reveals this is not totally true. Also of interest to this reader was Churchill's decision to plan for an attack on Soviet Russia in 1945, "Operation Unthinkable."

As might be expected "The Second World War" highlights Churchill and Great Britain's many important contributions to the Allied victory in Europe.

Despite Churchill's many shortcomings, Reynolds makes it clear the British leader remains one of the greatest political figures of World War II and history. "In death, as in life," writes the author, "Winston Churchill continues to glow. He remains in command of history."
Black_Hawk_Down
David Reynolds historical masterpiece of Churchill writing the first total history of the Second World War gives a new take on viewing contemporary history.
Before I can go any further in this review, I would like to establish a basic consensus. To fully benefit from the scholarship of this book, the reader must have read the entire Second World War writings of Churchill or at least the abridged edition. To read Reynolds' book without this background is like taking a college course without the prerequisite courses. Mr. Reynolds is writing about how Churchill researched, wrote and directed the creation of the first total account of World War II. If we were to read a book on how Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, it would stand to reason that we have either seen the play or read the work.
Mr. Reynolds does a complete and thorough dissertation of how, when and why Churchill wrote this Nobel Prize winning series. Many reviewers state that it wasn't Churchill's writing but that of a band of ghost writers. Reynolds' does indeed show the entire research and writing "Syndicate". Did Churchill write the total 1,631,000 words of the text? No, he did not. Was this work his authorship? You can bet it was. As Mr. Reynolds' stated, it's like a Master Chef supervising the entire culinary creation. Did the Chef make all the dishes? No, he did not. Is it his creation? Yes it is.
Without going into great detail, I can state that Reynolds' brings up several points that do break new ground:
1. Churchill's writing of the Second World War was deeply affected by the then current events of the Cold War.
2. Churchill had to be very careful not to write about Enigma and how certain information was obtained.
Did Churchill revise history? Yes and No are the answers. In the writing of events when one was a principle player, one can paint himself as a leader or a follower. Churchill's ego will always answer that question.
In reading this book you will find that this historical Churchill masterpiece does not represent the definitive history of World War II, but it is indeed the formative history of the Second World War.
Mr. Reynolds should have more than the maximum 5 Stars!!!

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