"Road to Victory: Winston S. Churchill 1941 - 1945" (used book)

"Road to Victory: Winston S. Churchill 1941 - 1945" (used book)

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Road to Victory: Winston S. Churchill 1941 - 1945

by Martin Gilbert


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Used Book. First Edition. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good condition.

-- from the dust jacket

Road to Victory takes up the story of “Churchill’s War” at the moment where Finest Hour ended, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, and carries it on to the bitter-sweet triumph of V.E. Day, 8 May 1945, the end of the war in Europe.

Within a week of Pearl Harbour, Hitler and Mussolini declared war on the United States. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin thus became leaders of the three-power alliance which held the assurance of ultimate victory. But in 1942, the first year of the new alliance, the war went badly for the Big Three on every front, and Churchill faced repeated criticism at home.

The Prime Minister’s war direction had to encompass not only a succession of setbacks and surrendered but also the conflicting ambitions and divergent strategies of Russia and America: states whose leaders were quick to recognise, even before Hitler was defeated, that they had the power to back their strategic and political demands and to reshape post-war Europe.

“The misery of the whole world appals me,” Churchill wrote to his wife on the first day of February 1943, “and I fear increasingly that new struggles may arise out of those we are successfully ending.”

In Road to Victory Martin Gilbert charts Churchill’s course through the storms of Anglo-American and Anglo-Soviet suspicion and rivalry and between the clashing priorities and ambitions of other force embattled against the common enemy: between General de Gaulle and his compatriots in France and the French Empire; between Tito and other Yugoslav leaders; between the Greek communists and monarchists; between the Polish Government exiled in London and the Soviet-controlled “Lublin” Poles.

Amid all these cares and dangers Churchill had to find the course of prudence, of British national interest, and, above all, of the earliest possible victory over Nazism. In doing so he was guided by the most secret sources of British Intelligence: the daily interception of the messages of the German High Command. These pages reveal, at each crisis of the war, the links between this secret information and the resulting moves and successes achieved by the Allies.