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The definitive biography of Winston Churchill.
Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936. After two years of National Service, he read Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962 he was elected to a Fellowship at Merton College, Oxford, and in the same year became research assistant to Randolph Churchill, then writing the first two volumes of his father's official biography. On Randolph's death in 1968, Gilbert was asked to complete the biography. The eighth and final volume was published in 1988. In addition to these narrative volumes, Gilbert has continued to edit the multi-volume documentary series of Churchill's letters and documents. His numerous publications include Churchill- A Photographic Portrait and Continue to Pester, Nag and Bite- Churchill's War Leadership (both available from Pimlico). He was knighted in 1995.
Author of an eight-volume official biography of Winston Churchill, Gilbert here distills his vast knowledge into a lucid, comprehensive and authoritative life of the man considered by many to have been the outstanding public figure of the 20th century. Photos. (Oct.)
"A stupendous book. He has told the truth" * A.J.P.Taylor * "One of the greatest histories of our time" * Margaret Thatcher * "By far the most lucid, comprehensive and authoritative account of Churchill that has been offered in a single volume" -- Philip Ziegler * Daily Telegraph * "Fresh insights and raw information abound in this superb volume" * Daily Express * "A tour de force" -- John Major