-One-Volume Abridged Paperback Reprint-


Free Press Reissue Edition

By: Winston S. Churchill

Free Press [New York]

Biblio: (Cohen A69.20.b) (Woods A31b.2)

8vo (880 pages, illustrated with maps and plans)

Paperback [Pictorial wraps]

Item Number: 10372


Collector's Guide

The World Crisis is Churchill’s highly subjective history of the First World War. Comprising five volumes (in six books) written over eight years, the initial titles were first published in the U.S. (by a matter of days), making the American edition the true first edition. Volume I (1911-1914) and Volume II (1915) were published in 1923. Volume III (1916-1918 ) was published in two parts in 1927 (hence the five/in six volumes ultimate format). Volume IV (The Aftermath 1918-1928) was published in 1929; and Volume V (The Unknown War/The Eastern Front) in 1931. A one-volume abridgment by the author was soon issued. Most subsequent re-issues have been incomplete, abridged, or otherwise condensed versions of the original text.


This is a new paperback reissue of Scribner’s earlier abridged edition of the first four books. It does not include “The Aftermath” or “The Unknown War” (Books V and VI). It does have a new introduction by Sir Martin Gilbert. New, in wraps.