MEMOIRS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
-Abridged Paperback Reprint Edition-
American Paperback Reissue
Mariner Books [New York]
Biblio: (Cohen A240)
8vo (1,065 pages)
Paperback [Pictorial wraps]
Item Number: 207666
The Second World War, also known as Winston Churchill’s War Memoirs, won Churchill the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Published in six volumes that appeared over six years, the books each came out first in the U.S. under the following titles: THE GATHERING STORM (Volume 1), THEIR FINEST HOUR (Volume 2), THE GRAND ALLIANCE (Volume 3), THE HINGE OF FATE (Volume 4), CLOSING THE RING (Volume 5) and TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY (Volume VI). The ensuing English editions contained numerous corrections and even a few additional maps. The English edition is therefore considered more definitive, though today the American edition may be rarer. The set was simultaneously published by the Book-of-the-Month-Club, printed on the same presses as the first editions, and thus can easily be confused with them. An excellent one-volume abridgment was published in 1959; largely the work of Churchill’s research assistant, Denis Kelly, though Churchill did contribute an interesting epilogue covering the years 1945-1957.
This paperback reissue of Churchill’s 1959 abridged edition is still in print. New, in wraps.