The first volume of Churchill's Noble-Prize winning six-part chronicle of World War II. THE GATHERING STORM depicts the rise of Hitler and the indifference of the leaders of the European democracies to the clouds of the gathering storm. Churchill incorporate contemporary documentation and his own reminiscence in this opening memoir.
John Keegan, eminent military historian (disclosure: he has contributed to our sister publication, American Heritage), has put together a brief biography that masterfully covers nearly all aspects of Churchill's illustrious career with knowledgeable insight and sympathy. Keegan writes with a sure hand of Churchill's remarkable military exploits, from his adventures in Cuba in the mid-1890s to his leadership of Britain during World War II. He fully displays the motive power of Churchill's magnificent writings and speeches, and leaves us awestruck by Churchill's strength of will throughout a lifetime of often debilitating illnesses and physical infirmities, as well as shattering career setbacks. Keegan's judgments are for the most part just, although many are debatable. He also gives proper recognition to Churchill's wife, Clementine. (2 Mar 2002)