The World Crisis, 1911-1918 (Paperback)
|A classic volume republished after more than seventy-five years features the former prime ministers observations about public morale and leadership before and during the first World War, tracing major campaigns that marked the origins of modern warfare. Reprint. 25,000 first printing. *Author: Churchill, Winston, Sir/ Gilbert, Martin (INT) *Publication Date: 2005/10/03 *Number of Pages: 857 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 6.00 *Height: 9.25|
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A classic volume republished after more than seventy-five years features the former prime minister's observations about public morale and leadership before and during the first World War, tracing major campaigns that marked the origins of modern warfare.As first lord of the admiralty and minister for war and air, Churchill stood resolute at the center of international affairs. In this classic account, he dramatically details how the tides of despair and triumph flowed and ebbed as the political and military leaders of the time navigated the dangerous currents of world conflict.
Churchill vividly recounts the major campaigns that shaped the war: the furious attacks of the Marne, the naval maneuvers off Jutland, Verdun's "soul-stirring frenzy," and the surprising victory of Chemins des Dames. Here, too, he re-creates the dawn of modern warfare: the buzz of airplanes overhead, trench combat, artillery thunder, and the threat of chemical warfare. In Churchill's inimitable voice we hear how "the war to end all wars" instead gave birth to every war that would follow, including the current war in Iraq. Written with unprecedented flair and knowledge of the events, The World Crisis remains the single greatest history of World War I, essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the twentieth century.
Winston Churchill has been highly regarded by readers for his histories. In 1927 he published THE WORLD CRISIS, 1911-1918, a four-volume history of the First World War, which drew on his experiences during those years as lord of the admiralty. His reporting of what it was like to be on the battlefield, his descriptions of new weapons, and his first-hand accounts of political and military decision-making are valued, while even fans of Churchill acknowledge that he engaged in mythmaking, correcting and revising the historical record, especially on his ill-fated decision on the Dardanelles in 1915-16, which cost tens of thousands of lives--and which cost him his job.