The Grand Alliance

The Grand Alliance Winston Churchill s six volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War Lucid dramatic remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for i

  • Title: The Grand Alliance
  • Author: Winston S. Churchill
  • ISBN: 9780141441740
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • Winston Churchill s six volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel PWinston Churchill s six volume history of the cataclysm that swept the world remains the definitive history of the Second World War Lucid, dramatic, remarkable both for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction and is an enduring, compelling work that led to his being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature The Grand Alliance recounts the momentous events of 1941 surrounding America s entry into the War and Hitler s march on Russia the continuing onslaught on British civilians during the Blitz, Japan s attack on Pearl Harbor and the alliance between Britain and America that shaped the outcome of the War.

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    1. This third volume is a transitional year (1941) in which the British Isles were no longer fighting alone. The Soviet Union was viciously attacked by Nazi Germany in June and of course Pearl Harbor brought in the United States at year’s end. It also marks a turning point in that Churchill made two voyages to North America in 1941. There were to be many more perilous trips undertaken by Churchill during the war. The descriptions of these trips are exquisite.It should be emphasized that the Unite [...]

    2. The third volume of Churchill's history of World War II is a terrific example of how pragmatic you need to be in politics. It's not much use complaining that people are evil. You have to think about the lesser of two evils, and choose that one. Here, Britain and the US are fighting Nazi Germany and Japan. Germany was previously allied with the Soviet Union, but then miscalculated and attacked them. So, by default, Britain was allied with the Soviet Union, whom it had just previously considered t [...]

    3. Mr. Churchill was a trip. Truly a one-of-a-kind giant who helped save the world, yet was able to write about his struggles with effortless aplomb. It must have been the merging of his English and American blood, bringing the best together. This is the third volume of his WWII saga, and it is marvelous (though I rank it below Their Finest Hour). Whether he is fretting about Great Britain fighting by itself while waiting for Roosevelt or slinging dry-witted remarks left and right, this book was a [...]

    4. The current Volume continues with England alone, fighting for life against the U-boat choke hold and confronting the enemy in North Africa and the Middle East. Then the war turns truly global, with Hitler's invasion of Russia in June 1941 and the entrance of the US after Pearl Harbor. Some memorable quotes:“Renown awaits the Commander who first in this war restores Artillery to its prime importance on the battlefield, from which it has been ousted by heavily armoured tanks.”- "A Note by the [...]

    5. This third volume of Winston Churchill's memoir of the Second World War covers the year 1941, perhaps the turning point of the war. As the year opened, the British Empire stood alone against a triumphant Germany, which had overrun France and Western Europe, with Italy still ascendant in Africa and Japan increasingly noisy in the Far East. Churchill, unlike certain British revisionists since that time, never underestimates the importance of the Dominion powers in terms of British strength, and ce [...]

    6. Because of his immense output, Winston Churchill may be described as an old-fashioned writer. Fortunately for us he does not read as such. There is very little archaic about the expressions he uses or the grammar he employs, in volume after volume after volume. It remains immensely readable, and this is the strength of a good writer, it seems to me. As a boy, Churchill was held up to me as an example of a person with a very full command of English. I was told, although I have never been able to [...]

    7. The things I found most interesting in this book were the Battle of Britain and what happened with Russia and Germany.I knew Winston Churchill had a reputation for good insults, but he had some very blunt things to say about how Stalin managed things before the Germans invaded. "Gross mismanagement" was one of the phrases he used.The two-faced behavior of the Soviets would have been socially crippling but I guess you can't afford to ostracize someone you need to successfully fight a war. Before [...]

    8. The Grand AllianceWinston ChurchillHoughton Mifflin1950By 1950, when this volume was published, I should think Churchill must have almost choked when he selected the title. The title refers to how, in 1941, Russia abruptly sought alliance with Britain following Hitler's attack; and how the United States went all-in following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But now, in 1950, to call it a "grand alliance" given the naked postwar aggression and land grabbing of the USSR upon conclusion of the [...]

    9. Winston Churchill's comprehensive recounting of the World War II based on his remembrances continues with this, the third edition of six. It almost entirely involves the tumultuous year of 1941, when Great Britain was fighting almost single-handedly against Germany and Italy in the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus and, far from least, in North Africa. Prime Minister Churchill must have felt the weight of the world on his shoulders as desperate measures were enacted by his government and armed forces to k [...]

    10. There is so much happening this volume -- the invasion of Russia, the advance of the Japanese war machine in the Pacific, and of course the attack on Pearl Harbor that brings the United States fully into the war. Particularly amazing is the divide between FDR and Churchill when it comes to Stalin. Churchil is a pragmatist and knows that he has to support Stalin in order to defeat the Nazis, but he is deeply wary of the Soviet leader, and reminds the readers that the Soviets were happy to go alon [...]

    11. The story moves from Britain surviving Germany's onslaught in "Their Finest Hour" to a more macro view of the war. The first half details Germany's moves that brought Russia into the Allied side and the second half ends with the US joining the fray. In between, there is significant detail on the war front in the Mediterranean, specifically the fall of Greece and the front in North Africa. At these macro levels, Churchill offers significant insight, but often enough he presents details (particula [...]

    12. I just finished reading Winston Churchill's The Grand Alliance! This is volume 3 of Churchill's 6 volume set covering World War 2. It is a great book, insightful, witty and humorous at times as only Churchill can be. I recommend this to my teacher friends who teach A.P. history for many primary letters are included from the powers that be during the time of the second world war. I also recommend it to anyone who likes history. I didn't realize all that the United States and F.D.R. did well in ad [...]

    13. Another great book in Churchill's collection about World War II. Churchill puts great detail on all of these books. I found particularly interesting his analysis of the military and political situation with regards to Japan entry into the war, and the United States position regarding Japan and the Pacific theater of operations. This comes rather late in the book but well worth the wait.These books should be mandatory reading in schools and for anyone studying history.

    14. Captivating HistoryI found this an absolutely riveting and extraordinary read. Churchill succeeds in giving an almost daily account of the thoughts and action of one of our greatest leaders as he faced the very real threat of the destruction of his country. What a leader, what a writer.

    15. As opposed to the first two volumes, this volume relied heavily on in-text letters and notes, which took away from the narrative at times. However, the overall text is a great recitation of Churchill's involvement in global WWII operations in 1941 and the very beginning of 1942.

    16. This is actually a series of 5 books written by Churchill himself and while slightly colored by his place in history the book is a must have if you wish to read of WWII and went on behind the scenes. The series is as brilliant as Sir Winston was himself. My copies are all well worn from reading.

    17. I enjoyed reading this book because it's all first hand accounts of the war. I don't know how Churchill kept all the different parts organized and where he found the phenomenal energy needed to fight the Nazis alone. A truly amazing leader that we will never see the likes of again.

    18. The third volume in the abridged collection of Churchill’s history of the Second World War (confusingly the third volume in the unabridged series goes by the same title) follows Great Britain out of the time of their isolation in the war. From 1939 until the Germans turned their sights on Russia in 1942, England was the sole force providing continual harassment to Hitler’s swelling dominion. While many other countries were friendly and supportive to the cause, there had yet to be formed an a [...]

    19. 1941 and into the spring of 1942 were dark months but hope was once more on England's side along with allies. Namely the U.S.S.R. and the United States. In addition to allies, came the need for greater cooperation and diplomacy. Churchill traveled across the world, strengthening his personal relationships with the heads of these two countries and working to hammer out a master plan.Why I started this book: While only the second book of the series was on the Navy's Recommended Reading list, I cou [...]

    20. Winston Churchill's third installment in his history of World War 2 carries on with the same style of writing, the same attention to detail, and the same chronological organization as the first two volumes. The Grand Alliance covers the time period when first Russia and then the United States joined Britain in the fight against the Axis powers. This was my least favorite of the three books in the series I've read so far.Firstly, as with the other books, there is the paradoxical issue of feeling [...]

    21. As in the previous two books, Churchill does a wonderful job of making history come alive. This book covers 1941. England has won the battle of Britain, but must determine what is next. The answer is to take the initiative in the Middle East. So Churchill describes all the actions to try to thwart the Axis powers intentions in the Middle East. By the end of the 1941, the situation in the Middle East is a draw.A fortuitous development for Britain, Germany's invasion of Russia in the summer of 194 [...]

    22. The third chapter in Churchill's account of World War II more or less covers the year 1941. Although Churchill hardly admits it, this was not a very good year for the British Empire: the Balkan and Greece were lost, the battle in Libya remained undecided, suddenly the British had to strike in Iraq, they made a rather questionable move in Persia, they lost their marine superiority in the Mediterranean, and at the end of the year they quickly started to lose their colonies in the Far East. One rea [...]

    23. It occurred to me that a short story should be written around what would have happened to the world if the battle ships carrying Roosevelt and Churchill to Newfoundland to sign the Atlantic Charter in 1941 had been scuttled by U Boats. It was these incidents rather than the blow by blows on the battlefields that held my interest in this book (although I was pleased to read Australian and New Zealand troops mentioned favourably in the north African campaign). There are moments of unintentional hu [...]

    24. Great passage by Churchill on his first meeting with Roosevelt in Newfoundland, August 1941. He describes the joint service on Sunday, August 10 and concludes the chapter with these three sentences:"Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live. Nearly half of those who sang were soon to die."pg. 611 Churchill's correspondence and declaration of war with Japan after Pearl Harbor: Some people did not like this ceremonial style. But after all when you have to kill a man it costs [...]

    25. Maintains the same high standards of the first two volumes with CHurchill's cosy and simple style keeping things very engaging. As the book travels through the disasters of Greece and Crete and then the inconclusive fighting in Egypt what becomes the real story is the communication between commanders and leaders in war. Churchill recounts in painstaking detail the organization and heirarchy of decision making. Make no mistake, his simple decisions and conclusions distill from myriad committees a [...]

    26. I read this volume first out of order. Additionally, I read the original 4 Volume set, not the later 6 volume set that was broken into two additional volumes in the late 1980s. Still, it this later 6 volume set is the same set from the original. This being said the complete works of the "Second World War" was nothing shigh of brilliant. Sir Churchill kept no notes on the personal leaders of the day that he worked with on almost a daily basis. His notes used in this work were from original messag [...]

    27. This is the 3rd book in the History of World War II that Churchill wrote some years after the war, using personal memoranda, official transcripts and records that had not yet been made public. His internal thoughts at the forming of the Grand Alliance (Britain, United States and the Soviet Union) are amazing to hear. It takes straight-forward history and puts personal context behind it. There were some interesting things I learned in this book: Stalin was very difficult to work with (although Ch [...]

    28. A turning point in WWII to be sure. Germany gets greedy and decides to turn on Russia-to their ultimate detriment-although many people don't realize that Russia actually lost the most people during WWII because of this action by Hitler. The Russian people truly suffered for Stalin's hubris, and continued to after the war. Churchill realizes the ungrateful devil he's dealing with (Stalin), who petulantly complains and makes demands of England and the US without acknowledging that he is only sidin [...]

    29. The third volume in Churchill history of WWII. This book is blander and slower than the two previous volumes. This is mainly due to the fact that the several theaters where the British are fighting are comparatively quieter and of secondary importance. The story remains British-centric, when the war in no longer centered on Britain. During the book timeline, Hitler attack Russia and the Japanese attack the USA. Yet we learn little about these theaters. Still, this book is very interesting as it [...]

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