Winston's War

Winston's War

Churchill, 1940-1945

Book - 2010 | 1st U.S. ed.
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Churchill got many little things wrong, but he was right, crucially so, on major points of Allied strategy. When the Americans joined the war, they were hot to invade France. Churchill dissuaded Roosevelt from mounting what, in 1942 or 1943, would have been a suicide mission, and redirected Allied attention to North Africa and Italy. The Mediterranean campaign bore mixed results, but Churchill's instincts were correct. There is a poignant ambiguity about Hastings's title; after 1943, the conflict was anything but Winston's war. For a time, Churchill alone had embodied the West's hopes; but as the war turned in the Allies' favor, he was shunted aside. Roosevelt ignored his advice, and, to Churchill's horror, signed off on Stalin's subjugation of Eastern Europe. In these last years, we see a much diminished war leader. Churchill deserves our admiration; first, however, as Hastings wisely insists, "history must take Churchill as a whole."--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307268396
030726839X
Branch Call Number: 940.5341 HASTING
Characteristics: xi, 555 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hastings, Max Finest years.

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Jan 13, 2017

I am not a fan of Hastings, the writer, and this book made skimming to be more rewarding than plodding thru it. I was looking for specific points and found little or nothing, although sometimes I discovered what others around Churchill thought - but almost nothing but regurgitated Winston notes.

This offers a lot of unpublished diarists contributing minutiae to events surrounding Churchill's decisions, but only a few allusions to the "unpublished transcripts" of Winston's own WWII memoirs.

Those unpublished works were only of passing interest, and almost never revelatory after reading Winnie's 6-volume original memoirs or the 5-vol edited version. Examples of those would be "Not everyone was supportive of Churchill's decision" and then listing everyone in the room who listened to those decisions. Yawn.

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