Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (Jan. 3 2017)
Synopsis: How Churchill Saved Civilization resolves the lingering mysteries surrounding the causes of the Second World War, and what transpired during the war to bring its end result. It proposes answers to such questions as “Why were the Allies unprepared?”, “Why did France collapse so quickly?”, “Why didn’t the British government accept Hitler’s peace proposals?” and “Why did the Germans allow Hitler to obtain life and death control over them?”
But the book’s main purpose is to provide an account of Winston Churchill’s actions and their intended consequences – as well as some of the unintended ones – for readers who are unlikely to read a military history book of 800 pages. The author has pared down the details of this at once fascinating and frightening story to an accessible length of how the world nearly ended in the 1940s. How Churchill Saved Civilization was written in honor of all those who sacrificed their lives in the War, and to caution readers that it could very easily happen again, as key factors like complacency, ignorance, and weakness continue to play a role in international diplomacy.
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How Churchill Saved Civilization focuses on the 13 year battle of Democracy against Fascism in the years leading up to and during the Second World War. This analytical book follows Churchill’s actions and their consequences, while also proposing answers to questions people have long wondered about this time period, backing up the proposed answers with facts.
I found this book very easy to follow and understand; It didn’t feel as much like a historical book with facts being thrown at you with every turn of the page, but instead read more like a story. What I found very interesting was the author, John Harte’s, history. Harte served in the RAF during the Second World War. He does an amazing job illustrating, through words, the struggle between democracy and fascism during the Second World War, emphasizing how close the world came to seeing the civilized world destroyed and fascism prevail.
Harte gives the reader warning about this struggle happening again as he attempts to educate the reader in hopes that by understanding, history will not repeat itself. This was definitely one of my favourite Winston Churchill books because it offered so much more than just who Winston Churchill was.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Thomas Allen & Sons*