In the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill, of which this is the first of eight volumes, Randolph Churchill—and later Sir Martin Gilbert, who took up the work following Randolph’s death in 1968—had the full use of Sir Winston’s letters and papers, and also carried out research in many hundreds of private archives and public collections.
Volume IIYoung Statesman 1901-1914
Volume II of this magisterial eight-volume biography takes Churchill’s story from his entry to Parliament in 1901 to the outbreak of war in 1914. When he took his seat in the House of Commons he was twenty-six years old. Leader of the Opposition, and soon joined the Liberal Party.
Volume IIIChallenge Of War 1914-1916
This third volume of the official biography of Sir Winston Churchill contains a full account of his initiatives and achievements as wartime First Lord of the Admiralty between August 1914 and May 1915. These include his efforts to prolong the siege of Antwerp, his support for the use of air power, and his part in the early development of the tank.
Volume IVWorld in Torment 1916-1922
Covering the years 1917 to 1922, Martin Gilbert’s fascinating account carefully traces Churchill’s wide-ranging activities and shows how, by his persuasive oratory, administrative skill, and masterful contributions to Cabinet discussions, Churchill regained, only a few years after the disaster of the Dardanelles, a leading position in British political life.
Volume VThe Prophet of Truth 1922-1939
Here is the story of Churchill’s return to the Tory Party as Chancellor of the Exchequer, his fall from power in 1929, and his ten years in the political wilderness, urgently warning of the Nazi threat. Martin Gilbert’s meticulous narrative also provides an intensely personal account of his family life, travels, and prolific writing.
Volume VIFinest Hour 1939-1941
This volume starts with the outbreak of war in September 1939 and ends with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. In it, Martin Gilbert reveals not only how each decision was reached, but what influences lay behind it, whether of individuals or of information reaching Churchill from the most secret source of British Intelligence.
Volume VIIRoad to Victory 1941-1945
This volume runs from the Japanese attack on Hawaii and British Asia in 1941 to V-E day, the end of the war in Europe. The volume covers the monumental battles and the great summit conferences as well as Churchill’s reaction to the waxing of American and Soviet power, the ring closing around Germany, arguments over invasion routes, the death of Hitler, growing concerns about postwar Soviet expansion, the atomic bomb, and the fateful British election that cost the prime minister his job.
Volume VIIINever Despair 1945-1965
The final volume covers Churchill’s last twenty years, starting with his role as a scintillating Leader of the Opposition. It examines his great speeches of resolve and reconciliation at Fulton, Zurich, and The Hague, his efforts for “a final settlement” with the Soviets, and Eisenhower’s determined resistance. It follows Churchill’s return to the premiership, his last efforts to secure permanent peace, his resignation, his final words to his colleagues, his declining years, and his death.