This epic volume—third in a five-volume history of World War I from the perspective of a highly-placed political insider—details Churchill’s development of the Ten Year Rule, which gave the Treasury unprecedented power over financial, foreign, and strategic policy for years to come. In March 1916, Winston Churchill returned to England to speak once more in the House of Commons. Appointed first Minister of Munitions, then later Secretary of State for War and Secretary of State for Air, Churchill was in a prime position to observe and document the violent end of World War I. This volume provides context for the events that came before Churchill’s return, including the intense battles of Jutland and Verdun. And it provides a rare perspective—the unbiased observances of a political leader, with a journalist’s eye for the truth and a historian’s sense of significance. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sir Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values.” Over a 64-year span, Churchill published over 40 books, many multi-volume definitive accounts of historical events to which he was a witness and participant. All are beautifully written and as accessible and relevant today as when first published.
During his fifty-year political career, Churchill served twice as Prime Minister in addition to other prominent positions—including President of the Board of Trade, First Lord of the Admiralty, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Home Secretary. In the 1930s, Churchill was one of the first to recognize the danger of the rising Nazi power in Germany and to campaign for rearmament in Britain. His leadership and inspired broadcasts and speeches during World War II helped strengthen British resistance to Adolf Hitler—and played an important part in the Allies’ eventual triumph. One of the most inspiring wartime leaders of modern history, Churchill was also an orator, a historian, a journalist, and an artist. All of these aspects of Churchill are fully represented in this collection of his works. ABOUT THE SERIES Rarely are events that change the world documented by a key participant, someone who was instrumental in making the military and political decisions that would shape the outcome of a world war.
Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis provides the ultimate insider account—of a war intended to end all wars, a war so violent it almost undid the West altogether. The World Crisis provides a sweeping narrative of the events of World War I that is both gripping and historically detailed—based on thousands of private letters and memos written to and by Churchill at the time. Nowhere else is the effect of this war so well conveyed by an eyewitness and historian—and so compellingly written.