THE SECOND WORLD WAR, VOLUME 1: The Gathering StormUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A tremendous book of which the digests made for Life and the necessarily cut excerpts in the New York Times gave no conception. For Winston Churchill shows himself as historian, biographer, dramatist ... Read full review
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THE GATHERING STORM, by Winston Churchill, A REVIEW, by pvsmurthy, email@example.com
"The Gathering Storm", (Volume-1, first part) by Winston Churchill, the War time Prime Minister of Britain is an interesting book to read for many reasons. The first and foremost reason is it deals with the history of the world and the developments happened between the first and second World Wars. The second reason is, Churchill himself, though not the Prime Minister during that time, nearer to the centre of power, and an important person in the British political system during that period. Above all, he happens to be an excellent writer; the most prominent politician among writers and the most prominent writer among politicians.
Churchill is at his best of writing skills in his description of Adolf Hitler's rise to power. The language is superb, the flow is excellent and the content is apt and exhaustive. His introduction of Hitler in October 1918 as a German corporal, temporarily blinded by mustard gas in a British attack near Comines, and concluding the introductory episode with the sentence "Such were the early fortunes of Adolf Hitler", was one of the best picturesque presentations I ever read in the contemporary literary works.
Here I remember a quotation of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian novelist and Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 1970, saying
“The German is like a willow,
No matter which way you bend him,
He will always take root again."
Coming to Churchill's personal matters during 1931-35, I was surprised to read him saying "I earned my livelihood by dictating articles...I lived in fact from mouth to hand. I produced in succession various volumes of the life of Marlborough. I lived mainly at Chartwell...” and I fail to understand; a man born in the aristocratic Spencer Family, born in the royal Blenheim Palace, the only non-Episcopal country house in England to hold the title of "Palace", living from mouth to hand.
Overall, The Gathering Storm, Vol-one, written by Winston Churchill, is an exhaustive and interesting presentation of the developments, between the First and Second World Wars, mixed with the auto biography of Churchill, and a must read for its class and content.